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Can Hospitals Be Held Liable for Treatment Errors in Medical Malpractice Cases?

Hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals can be held liable for medical malpractice, including treatment errors. Hospital liability depends greatly on the circumstances of the case and how the treatment error occurred. 

If you suffered injuries and money damages because of a treatment error, a Abogado de lesiones personales de Los Ángeles from KJT Law Group can help you assess your options, identify the liable parties, and pursue a case against them. We help our clients recover monetary compensation for medical negligence without charging anything upfront. 

Hospitals and Other Parties Could Be Liable for Your Medical Malpractice Claim 

Negligence in healthcare can cause serious, lasting injuries and impairments. While some doctors and other medical practitioners act carelessly and cause treatment errors, hospitals have a responsibility to ensure patients’ safety. 

A hospital might be liable if:

  • It did not take the proper steps to instill a culture of prioritizing patient safety.
  • An employee acted negligently and caused the injuries. 
  • There were other preventable medical mistakes that contributed to the treatment error. 

When you work with a medical malpractice attorney on your case, they will gather evidence and work with experts to understand what went wrong. It might be possible to hold the hospital, clinic, or another facility liable. Based on your personal injury lawyer’s findings, they could also hold doctors, nurses, surgeons, specialists, anesthesiologists, and therapists liable for your losses. 

How Does the Medical Malpractice Process Work?

Our team files medical malpractice claims and lawsuits to hold healthcare providers (whether individuals or facilities) responsible for their negligence. Treatment outcomes are not the issue. Just because your treatment did not work effectively does not mean you endured a treatment error. 

Instead, negligence caused treatment errors. If a member of your medical care team failed to uphold their field’s standard of care, and you were injured, you could have the basis of a medical negligence case. 

Your attorney will work with a network of medical experts who can assess the details of your treatment to determine if medical malpractice occurred. Only then can we move forward with your legal claim or lawsuit.

Your Lawyer Can Hold a Hospital Liable for These Medical Errors 

Medical treatment errors occur in several ways and can have a wide range of long-term outcomes for the patient. Some types of dangerous treatment errors include: 

  • Errores quirúrgicos
  • Errors during other medical procedures
  • Errors in testing
  • Providing the wrong treatment
  • Failing to properly monitor a patient during and after treatment
  • Providing the correct treatment improperly or to the wrong body part
  • Medication errors, such as prescribing the wrong medication or giving the wrong dosages  
  • Preventable delays in treatment
  • Birth injuries 
  • Anesthesia errors 

When a preventable treatment error occurs, the concerns it can cause may be two-fold. Consider a case concerning a patient with a misdiagnosis. Not only did they have to undergo unnecessary treatment, but their original condition may have gotten worse, leading to other complications. 

In this scenario, the injured claimant could hold a hospital accountable for their losses, claiming that because a doctor didn’t uphold their field’s standard of care, they were injured and have compensatory damages. 

What Damages Are Recoverable in a Treatment Error Medical Malpractice Case?

The recoverable damages in any medical malpractice case depend on the expenses and losses the victim experienced. The severity of their injuries will play a significant role in how much their case is worth and the types of damages recoverable. 

A medical malpractice treatment errors lawyer can identify, document, and value their recoverable damages before proceeding with the case. Some common types of costs recoverable in these cases include: 

  • Gastos médicos
  • Ongoing support and care for long-term injuries
  • Income losses from time missed working due to injuries
  • Reduced earning ability for new impairments
  • Related expenses with receipts, such as temporary transportation arrangements 
  • Dolor y sufrimiento 
  • Other non-economic damages, such as permanent disability and scarring

Sometimes, the state awards punitive damages to people who have suffered injuries from egregious negligence. This intends to penalize the healthcare provider for their negligence rather than compensate you. 

What Should I Do If I Suffered Treatment Error Injuries?

If you believe your injuries occurred because of a treatment error or another type of medical malpractice, you can talk to an attorney who handles these cases near you. They and their legal team can assess your options and determine how they can help. 

When you hire an attorney to handle your case, you can focus fully on your health and well-being. You can continue your treatment to make as full a recovery as possible, all while they manage your legal case. 

We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as you discover the malpractice injuries. While CCP § 340.5 generally allows you to wait up to three years to sue for medical negligence in California, other circumstances could give you more or less time to act. To protect your right to compensatory damages, you benefit from consulting a personal injury lawyer at your earliest convenience. 

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En KJT Grupo de Derecho, Nuestro Equipo provides free case consultations for medical malpractice victims hurt in our service area. Call (818) 507-8525 para empezar.

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