Medical malpractice, in general, is any act or failure to act by a member of the medical profession that results in harm, injury, distress, prolonged physical or mental suffering, or death to a patient while that patient is under the care of that medical professional. Usually harm must be proven to have occurred.
In California, a doctor is negligent if he/she fails to exercise the level of skill, knowledge, and care in diagnosis and treatment that other reasonably careful doctors would possess and use in similar circumstances. While most medical providers do offer excellent medical care, some providers do not hold themselves to a requisite standard of care. When these medical professionals fall below this standard of care, they may be liable for medical malpractice. Physicians, nurses, all members of hospital staff, and any other individuals providing care to a patient may be liable for medical malpractice.
Examples of medical malpractice can include hospital acquired infections, negligent care, surgical or anesthesia mistakes, hospital mistakes, failure to diagnose, a failure to gain informed consent prior to an operation, improper treatment of a disease, misuse of prescription drugs and many other issues.
At McNulty Law Firm, we have an excellent track record dealing with many types of medical malpractice. We have successfully litigated against hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, and others who have committed malpractice resulting in serious injury or death. We specialize in cerebral palsy/brain injury obstetric and pediatric cases.
If you have suffered a significant injury, or have a loved one who has suffered a significant injury or death due to medical malpractice, please contact McNulty Law Firm for a free consultation. While our primary practice is in California, we handle significant injury and death medical malpractice cases throughout the United States and its territories.