A California mother claimed medical malpractice after doctors allegedly ignored symptoms that her 8-month-old baby exhibited, according to a November 2016 report on KTLA.
According to the mother, her then 8-month-old son was diagnosed with a viral infection after visiting medical professionals at HealthCare Partners in June 2016. She said doctors allegedly dismissed her concerns and requests for further testing because he continued to have a fever. He allegedly had a rash that worsened after the medical diagnosis.
She returned to the clinic with her baby at least five times. She alleges that the medical providers questioned her ability to pay the medical bills. She later took the child to the emergency room for care. An X-ray revealed the baby had a penny stuck in his esophagus. The penny compromised his ability to breathe.
After the discovery, he was immediately taken to Miller Children’s Hospital to have the penny removed. Specialists believed the penny had been the cause of his symptoms, including two ulcers.
The mother filed a lawsuit seeking medical bills and lost wages. The lawsuit was filed after the HealthCare Partners allegedly told her to file a claim for reimbursement with the company. That claim was allegedly denied.
The healthcare company was contacted for the story and did not comment on the lawsuit. It did say that quality care is at the heart of what they do.
It is not known whether the lawsuit has been resolved at trial or an out-of-court settlement. The mother filed a type of personal injury lawsuit known as a medical malpractice claim.
What is a Medical Malpractice Claim in San Bernardino?
A medical malpractice claim is a lawsuit against a healthcare provider for failing to provide a patient standard care. The medical provider can be a surgeon, doctor, nurse, or hospital. They are supposed to provide a standard of care.
Standard care is the same type of care another provider in San Bernardino would provide. It does not have to be the absolute best health care. It just cannot do additional harm to the patient.
A San Bernardino Medical Malpractice Claim Seeks Money for Harm Done to a Patient
An injured patient can recoup money lost because of an injury. The money lost comes in the form of damages. Damages sought can include:
- Additional medical bills
- Rehabilitation need to recover from injury
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Decreased earning capacity
Contact Sanford A. Kassel Regarding Your San Bernardino Medical Malpractice Claim
According to California law, you have one year from the date of your injury to file a medical malpractice claim. If you discovered your injury after that one-year period, then you have one year from the date of discovery. If you do not file a lawsuit within that time period, you are barred from seeking damages.
Being “barred” from filing a lawsuit means that you cannot sue the provider who caused your injury.
Do not let the healthcare provider who injured you get away with not paying damages. Contact us immediately for help.