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Misdiagnosis often leads to medical malpractice in California

Many California medical patients have minimal to zero background in health-related areas that would allow them greater understanding of their own conditions. They rely on doctors to inform them of any condition or disease requiring medication, surgery or other treatment. In some situations, misdiagnosis has led to further illness and even death, leading to medical malpractice claims being filed against the physicians deemed responsible.

A patient has the right to reasonably assume that all care is taken and accepted standards of protocol followed to provide the safest forms of health care available. Sheer negligence on the part of a doctor, practitioner or other medical professional is unacceptable as it can have devastating effects on those who might otherwise have enjoyed full recoveries. Ordering incorrect types or amounts of medication, operating on the wrong body parts and failing to diagnose an injury or illness correctly are among the most common forms of medical malpractice addressed in civil court.

If a patient suffers an untimely death because of a misdiagnosis, an immediate family member may act on behalf of the decedent to seek justice. Any party found liable for the incident may be held accountable through a monetary judgment of the court. Although there is no adequate replacement for the loss of a human life, grieving families may at least receive compensation to offset financial losses associated with the situation if a claim is successful.

A logical first step of the process regarding medical malpractice claims is to contact an experienced attorney. A personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of David P. Crandall  is able to launch an immediate investigation into the events leading up to a loved one's death, to help identify all possible sources of liability and determine the maximum amount of restitution to which one may be entitled. If a California patient has survived a misdiagnosis, he or she may act alongside the attorney to aggressively litigate the issue, seeking recovery for all losses.

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