When you place your life and health, or that of your loved ones, into the hands of doctors and nurses, you have a right to be treated with competence, respect and professionalism.

However, there are some rare instances when they make mistakes that can cause an injury or death of the patient.

The Houston Medical Malpractice Attorneys at our Law Firm are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of medical professionals. Since negligence should never go unchallenged, which is why our attorneys make sure that healthcare professionals who are unfit for the position are removed. We have years of experience in dealing with medical malpractice cases involving hospitals, staff and doctors, and we will make sure that you are compensated.

Filing a Medical Malpractice
Claim in Houston

A medical malpractice claim can be filed whenever a health care provider fails to meet the acceptable standards of practice and medical injury results. When a medical malpractice claim is made, and the case is brought to court the patient will become the plaintiff and the health care provider will become the defendant. In these types of cases, the plaintiff must confirm certain elements of tort negligence to prove that their case was, in fact, one of medical malpractice.

Successfully establishing that a medical professional's duty to provide care was not met or was breached in some way that caused injury and damages will be best accomplished with the legal help of a Houston medical malpractice attorney.

Common Medical Malpractice cases in Texas

  • Misdiagnosis. Failure to diagnose an illness is a common medical mistake.
  • Surgical errors. These include errors such as leaving sponge or scissor inside the body after a surgery.
  • Failure to treat. Generally a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat the patient at the right time.
  • Birth injuries. A good amount of medical malpractice claims are childbirth-related medical mistakes.
  • Prescription drug errors. Doctors make errors in prescribing the wrong medication, incorrect dosing and administration of prescription drugs.

Compensation in
Medical Malpractice Cases

Compensation, or damages, in a Texas medical malpractice case are categorized as economic damages paid for actual monetary losses, and noneconomic damages awarded for the plaintiff’s pain and suffering.

Economic damages include money for:

  • Medical bills up to the point of the claim and as projected for future medical needs
  • Lost income, including future loss of earnings due to lost earning capacity or ongoing inability to work.

Noneconomic damages include money for:

  • Physical pain
  • Physical suffering
  • Mental pain
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Loss of companionship
  • Inconvenience
  • Injury to reputation
  • All other nonmonetary losses of any form.

In some cases, a jury can award exemplary damages, punitive damages, if the defendant acted with fraud, malice or gross negligence. Some amount will also be added for exemplary damages if any demands are made during negotiations.

Statute Of Limitations
on Medical Malpractice cases

Medical malpractice cases are complex. Texas law makes them even more time-consuming than they are in other states. Generally, Texas imposes a two-year statute of limitations on most claims.

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Hiring a Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney

It is important to note that dealing with medical malpractice cases can get tough, which is why it is crucial for the clients to always keep their detailed records and get in contact with our attorneys who have a wide experience in dealing with medical practice cases. Our attorneys can guide you regarding what steps can be taken for making your case strong.

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