Your whole life you’ve been taught to revere doctors and heed what they tell you. They are doctors, after all, aren’t they? From the constant recommendation to consult a doctor before beginning a diet, an exercise program, consuming something while breastfeeding, and so on, we learn to trust doctors and believe they will guide us and protect our health. So when it comes about that you are injured, ill or made worse by a doctor and his team, you may be initially surprised or in a state of disbelief. How could a doctor make an error? How could this happen to you?
Doctors do make errors. Doctors are human. Like the rest of humanity, they are prone to distractions, their own illness, fatigue and flaws. This doesn’t mean that it is ever okay for them to bring that element of humanity into their practice and their job. They are given great responsibility and great monetary privilege and with that, they are expected to take every human’s life and every human’s needs with great consideration and value.
If you were injured or made worse by a medical professional, you should know that the road ahead of you can be a long and arduous one. Unless your case is grossly catastrophic and a win is likely to be guaranteed and far greater than the settlement offer you may get, it may be better for you to accept the settlement offer.
Your California medical malpractice attorney may be able to offer knowledgeable guidance on whether it would be better to carry on a potentially lengthy court battle where you may not win or whether it is better to take what you are offered in a settlement outside of court.