The coronavirus has impacted nearly every region of the world, and its impact is likely going to be felt long after there is a vaccine available. Although medical professionals throughout California are doing their best to stay on top of the virus and care for the patients who are infected with it, there are going to be mistakes made. Tragically, with this virus being so deadly, those mistakes are going to cost lives.
When this happens, it is important that patients understand that they have legal options, but any personal injury cases involving the coronavirus are going to be particularly complex. A California medical malpractice lawyer can help injured patients and their families throughout the process.
Failure to Treat and Diagnose Coronavirus
All medical professionals have a duty to properly identify and treat diseases as quickly as possible. When doctors fail to do this, patients can become gravely ill, and particularly in the case of the coronavirus, they may not survive the illness. Coronavirus has a number of common symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. When patients present with these symptoms, it is important that doctors perform a test and treat the illness as quickly as possible.
The measures being taken to treat and diagnose possible coronavirus patients are already being seen throughout the world. Patients have their temperature taken before they even walk into a healthcare clinic or hospital, and they are also asked about any travel they have done outside of the country in recent weeks. All of these measures are not only to isolate coronavirus patients from others, but also so the condition can be identified right away.
When doctors fail to take any of these measures or they miss the symptoms of coronavirus, it is a possible case of negligence and a California medical malpractice lawyer can help injured patients and their families.
Problems Associated with Medical Malpractice Cases and the Coronavirus
All medical malpractice cases are complicated, but any personal injury case involving coronavirus is going to be particularly complex. The coronavirus is a novel virus, meaning that it has never been seen in humans before. As such, doctors may be granted immunity for not recognizing the symptoms. For example, although a fever is a common symptom, there have been cases of patients who did not present with a fever. In these cases, and any that are similar, the court may find that it was reasonable for a doctor to miss the signs and symptoms.
This is just one factor that can complicate a medical malpractice case involving the coronavirus. A California personal injury attorney can overcome these challenges so patients and their families claim the compensation they deserve.
Our California Medical Malpractice Lawyers can Help
It is well known just how deadly the coronavirus is, and although there is sometimes nothing a doctor can do, they must be able to diagnose and treat the infection as soon as possible. If a doctor has failed in this duty and you or a loved one became sicker or passed away, our San Francisco medical malpractice attorneys are here to help. At the Brod Law Firm, we have the necessary experience to file these cases and prove that a doctor’s negligence caused you harm. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help.