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What Damages Can Victims Seek in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Treatment Errors?

When treatment errors occur, they can cause serious injuries and support a medical malpractice case. Compensatory damages in medical malpractice lawsuits can include a wide range of expenses and monetary losses based on the case’s facts. They vary from situation to situation. 

Un Abogado de lesiones personales de Los Ángeles can review your legal options based on the details of your unique case. At KJT Law Group, we know how to build these cases, holding doctors and hospitals liable. Contact us today to learn more about how our team can help you.  

You Could Recover These Damages in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit 

Compensation for medical malpractice depends primarily on the strength of the case and the financial losses the victim suffered. When medical negligence causes injuries, those responsible must pay for the financial costs the victim suffered. This is the goal of the medical malpractice lawyer handling the case. 

Our personal injury attorneys identify, document, and value these costs, and then seek fair compensation. In a treatment error malpractice case, you could seek financial compensation for: 

  • Medical care for the resulting injuries and complications
  • Ongoing care for lasting injuries, such as residency in a long-term care facility 
  • Loss of income, including tips, bonuses, and benefits 
  • Reduced future earning capacity 
  • Out-of-pocket injury-related expenses 
  • Physical pain and emotional anguish 
  • Other non-economic damages, such as permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of consortium 

How Do Treatment Errors Cause Injuries and Damages?

Treatment errors can cause injuries in several ways. When a patient does not receive the proper treatment, their condition can worsen. At the same time, the treatment error can cause additional issues, including other injuries and complications. 

Some common medical errors include: 

  • Procedural or surgical errors
  • Errors in testing
  • Providing the wrong treatment
  • Providing the correct treatment improperly 
  • Failing to properly monitor a patient during treatment
  • Prescribing or administering incorrect medications
  • Delaying treatment 
  • Inflicting birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy 
  • Making anesthesia errors 
  • Making medication errors

When a medical malpractice attorney represents an injured claimant, they will investigate what happened and document the ways the negligence affected the victim’s quality of life. This includes evaluating the previous, current, and likely future adverse effects of the error. 

Some treatment errors can cause life-altering injuries, ongoing impairments, or even death. For example, imagine a surgeon ignoring the safeguards in place and operating on a patient to amputate the wrong foot. This patient would still require surgery on the other foot and would then require extensive rehabilitation to adapt to prosthetics. 

Who Is Liable for My Treatment Error Injuries?

Depending on the circumstances, almost any member of the care team could be responsible for treatment errors and medical negligence. This could include paramedics, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, or therapists. Hospital liability can also exist in many of these cases. 

It is difficult to know who might be liable in many medical malpractice cases. These cases require working with experts to best understand the acceptable standard of care, what went wrong, and who is legally responsible. 

These medical professionals are usually doctors, surgeons, or specialists who:

  • Have the same education, training, and experience as the healthcare provider in question
  • Provide the same services in question
  • Work in the same geographic area
  • Understand what constitutes medical negligence 
  • Have been consulted on these matters before 

When you hire an attorney to handle your treatment error claim, they will have a network of experts they frequently contact about these cases. By working with the evidence available and the input of these experts, they can determine who is liable and seek fair compensation.  

What Should I Do If I Suffered Injuries Due to a Treatment Error?

If you suffered injuries or complications because of a treatment error, a good idea is to speak with a medical malpractice attorney near you as soon as possible. You can discuss your case with our team for free if your injuries occurred in Los Angeles or a nearby area. 

The attorney can assess your legal options and make recommendations about how you can pursue compensation from the negligent party. You can ask questions and learn more about these cases and how an attorney will help during this consultation. 

The medical malpractice statute of limitations under CCP § 340.5 is three years in California. However, there are several steps a lawyer must navigate before filing a lawsuit in civil court. The legal process takes time. The sooner we know about a case, the better. 

Discuss Your Legal Options With Our Medical Malpractice Team for Free

En KJT Grupo de Derecho, Nuestro equipo legal provides free consultations for medical malpractice victims in our service area. This includes those who suffered injuries due to treatment errors and other medical negligence. We could hold a negligent doctor or hospital accountable and recover compensation for you. Learn more during your initial case consultation. Call (818) 507-8525 to begin. We can start pursuing compensation for your economic and non-economic damages today.

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