Legal Definition of Medical Malpractice
Simply making a mistake or having an error in judgment does not necessarily constitute grounds for a medical malpractice claim. The specific definition for medical malpractice is a deviation from the accepted and expected standard of care in treating a patient. In other words, did your doctor or healthcare provider treat you in a reasonable and expected manner, as another in his / her position would have done?
Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Birth injuries, including prenatal misdiagnosis and cerebral palsy
- Injuries caused by radiation exposure
- Surgical errors
- Pediatric meningitis
- Anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis / failure to diagnose
- Medication errors including over-medication, under-medication, and suicide from dangerous drugs
- Emergency room errors
Your first step in finding out whether or not you have a claim is to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer from Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. We handle cases throughout the Inland Empire.
Call us now at (951) 435-8229 and obtain a free case review.