Can Medical Malpractice Mean Not Taking Action?
An act of medical malpractice is generally just that: an act or action. You have probably heard stories of surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, or a pharmacist giving the wrong medication to a patient. Such mistakes are obvious enough to be called out, but medical malpractice is not always a mistaken action.
In many cases, medical malpractice actually occurs because no action was taken at all. In other words, the failure to take the correct steps to help a patient can be just as bad as taking the wrong steps.
Failing to provide adequate care can occur in many circumstances and medical settings. Imagine if you had a diagnosable and detectable form of cancer, but your doctor never ordered any laboratory testing to confirm it. This would be a form of medical malpractice called “failure to diagnose,” which has its roots in unreasonable, unsafe inaction on behalf of a medical provider.
Nursing Home Abuse Through Negligent Care
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are also frequently the site of medical malpractice carried out through negligence or the lack of any action. Elderly residents need constant care and attention from staff members. Yet thousands upon thousands of complaints against nursing homes are filed each year for negligent abuse of the residents.
Nursing home negligence may result in an elderly resident suffering from:
- Undiagnosed injuries
- Emotional trauma from isolation
San Jose Medical Malpractice Attorney – (888) 387-4053
Just as medical malpractice can be met with a lawsuit filed on behalf of the neglected patient, the same is true of nursing home negligence. If you were hurt due to the inaction of your medical provider, or your loved one was not given adequate care in a nursing home, our San Jose personal injury lawyers of Habbas & Associates would like to know about what happened. We are proud champions for the wrongfully injured throughout the Bay Area who have helped secure more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements throughout our years of practice.
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