If you have suffered because of a doctor's negligence, a medical malpractice lawyer with our Orange County practice can help you secure compensation.
Medical malpractice occurs in many different forms. It can occur either from the nurse making a mistake, a doctor making a mistake, hospital personnel making a mistake. But whenever anybody in the healthcare field makes an error and a person is injured as a result of that that falls into the category of a medical malpractice case, and in a medical malpractice case there are three things that we have to prove. We have to prove first of all, that the doctor, nurse, technician, whoever it is, that they did something below what's called the standard of care, which is determined by expert witnesses who we hire. We then have to prove that that negligent act that occurred caused some injuries. Then the third thing we have to prove, is what is the nature and the extent of those injuries. Whether it's pain and suffering, whether it's long term pain and suffering, whether it's disability, whether they're going to need medical care in the future, and also if they're not going to be able to work in the future. The persons who can file a medical malpractice law suit include the person who was actually injured, and then if the person is still alive then his or her spouse can also be included in the medical malpractice case, for what we call loss of consortium. And loss of consortium is the injury and the loss that a non-injured spouse suffers, as a result of the injuries that the injured spouse has, so whenever somebody gets hurt and they're in a marital relationship, that's obviously going to have an impact on the marital relationship. Help around the house, just the amount of love that an injured person can give to a spouse, the intimate relationship that they share. All of those factor into determining the loss of consortium that a person has suffered, so those are the people who can sue if the person is still alive. So if anybody's ever been under the care of a doctor, a nurse, or in a hospital and they've ended up with an injury that they didn't expect to happen, then they should seek the services of a medical malpractice attorney to see if, in fact there are grounds for a medical malpractice case.