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There can be time limits for medical malpractice claims

When patients in Houston have been injured because of the negligence of their medical provider, the medical professional could face serious consequences. It is important to hold these medical providers responsible for the injuries and damages his or her negligence caused. A medical malpractice claim could be an important way to show medical providers that their mistakes will not be tolerated. If an individual or family wants to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, there is a timeframe in Texas for filing such an action.

Medical malpractice claims can be filed within two years of when the medical malpractice incident occurred. The claim may be filed by the patient who was injured. If the patient dies because of the injury, the patient's beneficiaries, who include their spouse, children or parents, could file a wrongful death lawsuit.

A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice could help a family who is dealing with this unfortunate circumstance. An attorney understands the family's unexpected medical expenses, loss of wages and other financial hardships they may be going through. The failure to follow acceptable standards set for a medical provider can cause severe injuries and even death to the patients treated. There are legal protections for these patients and an attorney can help the patient navigate the complicated legal environment.

A patient and his family may recover damages for their medical malpractice case. Many malpractice cases do not go to trial and are settled outside of the courtroom. Damages can be economic, which reimburse the patient for medical expenses and lost wages. Noneconomic damages could also be awarded, helping to compensate the patient and their family for pain and suffering.

Medical negligence, such as surgical complications can cause a family to suffer greatly. Financial compensation for the injury can help the family move on and rebuild their life.

Source: Texas Medical Association, "Summary of Texas Medical Professional Liability Law," accessed on June 22, 2015

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