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I think I may be a victim of medical malpractice - What can I do?

If you have been injured while under the care of a physician or healthcare provider, we understand the financial burden of medical bills is only part of the story. Many victims in California continue to suffer both physical and emotionally. While every incident is different, if you feel unsure about whether your injury qualifies for a medical malpractice claim, there are some important aspects to consider.

Within the medical community, certain medical treatments for injuries, diseases or other ailments are considered acceptable and appropriate. While this may vary from patient to patient depending on personal factors, if a healthcare worker deviates from these accepted practices, then he or she may have violated the standard of care. This standard of care is intended to protect patients from receiving substandard or inappropriate care. 

Additionally, to pursue a medical malpractice claim, it must often be claimed that the healthcare provider was also negligent in some fashion, thus causing injury. Once that has been established, consider your damages. Do you now suffer from significant and ongoing pain? Are you now disabled or unable to earn a similar wage as you did before your injury?

For many California victims, both current and future medical bills related to an injury may be considered when deciding whether pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit is an appropriate action. It may seem unconscionable that an individual who has dedicated their life to helping people could cause such a substantial injury, but healthcare workers are still only human. If you ultimately choose to file a claim, successful litigation could result in financial recourse that can be effective for dealing with costly medical bills and extensive pain and suffering.

Source: abpla.org, "What is Medical Malpractice?", , Sept. 19, 2014

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