California Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handling Inappropriate Management/Treatment Claims
Aggressive Los Angeles negligence attorneys helping victims of inappropriate management and treatment of care
Thousands of people each year receive inappropriate medical treatment for their health problems. Inappropriate management or treatment occurs when a patient ends up receiving treatment that is not needed or not supported by clinical evidence, which can result in further injuries and medical complications. Even when the health condition is properly diagnosed, the medical professionals may end up doing the wrong things due often to miscommunications, failure to follow standard medical procedures or other errors. These include failing to monitor, failing to provide treatment, providing incorrect treatment or medication, or providing correct treatment incorrectly.
The experienced California medical malpractice attorneys at Heimberg Barr LLP will evaluate your case and fight for fair compensation for your injuries. With a thorough understanding of both the medical evidence and the legal issues, the Heimberg Barr LLP team has recovered numerous record-breaking settlements and verdicts and countless multi-million dollar recoveries for their clients, including:
- $3.8 million medical malpractice settlement for a woman who was brought to a hospital ER with severe anxiety after suffering critical reaction to the medication she was given
- $3.285 million medical verdict against an oncologist who failed to follow established treatment protocol for leukemia patient, administering chemotherapy beyond the proper treatment period
- $3 million medical settlement for a negligent reduction in anti-psychotic medication and failure to monitor a psychiatric patient with suicidal tendencies
Failure to treat
Doctors and other medical professionals are highly trained and go through years of study and practice. Patients trust in their expertise to properly diagnose the medical condition and provide appropriate treatment. If you visit your doctor and they fail to treat what is ailing you, and their failure to treat you causes additional injury, you may have grounds to take legal action against them and pursue compensation for your injuries.
Examples of failure to treat
Even when a doctor properly diagnoses a patient, if a doctor fails to properly treat a patient, it can have catastrophic consequences. Their failure may be considered medical malpractice if the conduct was caused by negligence or a medical error. Some examples of a physician’s failure to treat may include:
- Failure to perform required medical testing
- Failure to assess and monitor patient’s condition
- Premature discharge
- Failure to follow up
- Failure to treat a medical condition in a timely manner or at all
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
- Failure to inform the patient about available treatments for their condition
The consequences of the failure to treat
When a condition is not treated, the condition can worsen and cause further or additional injuries to the patient. If the patient is suffering from a condition that may have been treatable if caught early, the failure to treat or a delay in treatment can cause severe irreparable harm. What could have been a simple treatment could later have serious consequences for the patient.
The loss of a loved one can be devastating. The knowledge that their death could have been prevented makes it harder still. Medication errors are one of the most common forms of medical malpractice and can result in severe patient injury or death, and they are preventable. Although most errors are minor, there is a huge spectrum—and some are fatal. Doctors must understand their patients’ conditions in order to avoid complications or dangerous drug interactions. A doctor owes a duty to advise a patient of any drug risks so that an informed decision can be made. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can be held accountable for an error in prescribing or providing medication.
Types of errors in administering medication that may result in harm to patient
- Doctor prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dose
- Doctor fails to relay a drug warning to a patient
- Doctor fails to take notice of a potentially harmful allergic reaction or drug interaction
- Nurse administers the wrong medication or an improper dose
- Equipment in the hospital administers the wrong dose (defective equipment or staff error)
A patient who suffers an injury from a medication error may bring a medical malpractice case against the doctor, nurse, hospital or other medical professional who erred in filling or dispensing the medication.
How can an L.A. medical malpractice attorney help with your improper management/treatment claim?
When the negligence of a medical professional has caused you or someone you care about to suffer a catastrophic injury, you need all the assistance you can get. When a catastrophic injury leaves you without the ability to work and with tremendous medical bills, a medical malpractice claim may be your only option.
A skilled Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer will not only develop a compelling case which proves the physician’s negligence in causing your injury, but will also fight for compensation which will cover the ongoing medical expenses, home health care, and the loss of income caused by the injury.
Heimberg Barr LLP has been recognized repeatedly for their standout achievements and dedication to the practice of law. The firm was named the #1 Medical Malpractice firm by The National Law Journal and was honored as Top Tier attorneys in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury by Best Lawyers and US News and World Reports. Partner Steven Heimberg has been named The Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year, Lawyer of the Year in 2017 by Best Lawyers and The Wall Street Journal in both Personal Injury and Medical Practice and has been named Top 100 California Trial Lawyer for the ten straight years. Marsha Barr-Fernandez has been named Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine nine times and Top 100 California Trial Lawyers for four consecutive years.
Schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer
If you or your loved one have been a victim of inappropriately managed treatments, contact Heimberg Barr LLP immediately. You can call (213) 213-1500 to schedule a free consultation, or complete the contact form now. The firm serves clients throughout California, and will go to clients who are too ill to travel.