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California medical malpractice lawsuits turn on standard of care

When a medical malpractice case goes to trial in California, that case may be decided by a jury. Jurors may be unfamiliar with the intricacies of medical practice and terminology. Fortunately, California has adopted clear civil jury instructions. These instructions convey the legal standards which jurors must consider before determining that a practitioner has been negligent, which is particularly important as jurors evaluate potential doctor malpractice.

What questions should I ask my California doctor?

California residents trust their doctors to provide top-notch care and take care of their medical needs. They rely on doctors for their expertise. Despite their expertise, however, doctors do make mistakes, and an alert and involved patient may be able to catch and prevent such a mistake. By asking questions and being an active participant in his or her health care, a patient may be able to prevent medical malpractice.

Legal doctrine res ipsa loquitur may help win malpractice cases

A California patient may know beyond a shadow of doubt that a doctor made a mistake in his or her care, leading to the worsened conditions of the patient. Establishing the doctor error in a medical malpractice lawsuit, however, can be difficult due to the nature of health care. Fortunately, the law does provide some assistance for a person seeking to prove medical negligence through the doctrine of "res ipsa loquitur."

California attorney answers patients' malpractice questions

California patients seek medical care not only for specific medical treatment, but also because they need advice and counsel on the best course of treatment for their particular ailments. They seek to obtain answers from experienced and careful doctors. Doctors, however, may not always provide effective treatment, and they may not always answer a patient's questions properly.

Woman suffers serious injury, alleges negligent medical care

While giving birth is considered a joyous time, it is also a time where medical issues could present themselves. Whether a patient is a new mother or has given multiple births, medical professionals are relied on caring for both the mother and her newborn.