When someone is harmed by a negligent medical professional, they may wish to hold their physician accountable. Though we’d like to think medical negligence or malpractice is quite rare, the truth is actually the opposite. Each year, people file tens of thousands of medical malpractice claims here in the United States, which says something about the prevalence of this issue. Davis & Davis is one of only a handful of Texas firms that remain dedicated to helping the victims of medical malpractice obtain the full financial compensation available under Texas law. The Houston law firm of Davis & Davis offers quality, experienced and ethical legal representation to individuals and families in Texas who have suffered from any form of medical malpractice due to a doctor’s negligent mistake. If you’re looking to sue a medical professional for harming you, contact a Houston medical malpractice lawyer from Davis & Davis today.
Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney | Defending Medical Malpractice Victims in Texas
Here in Texas, medical malpractice is when a physician fails to follow the acceptable standard of care for a patient he or she is treating, and the patient is harmed as a direct result of the deviation from the standard care. Medical malpractice claims are complex legal matters that shouldn’t be addressed without an attorney who has significant experience handling injury claims involving physicians. A Harris County, Texas medical malpractice lawyer from our firm will fight for you, each step of the way.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice/Negligence
Though medical malpractice and medical negligence are technically not the same thing, an act of medical malpractice can involve medical negligence, but medical negligence doesn’t necessarily reach the standard of malpractice. That said, if we can prove a medical professional was either negligent or committed an act of malpractice and you were hurt because of it, you should have legal recourse. Just some of the most common examples of medical malpractice and negligence that we see are as follows:
- Birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, negligent handling of forceps, C-section complications, and more.
- Diagnosis errors, such as failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis.
- Hospital errors, such as nursing errors, hospital falls, sepsis infection, nursing errors, pulmonary embolism, and other emergency room errors.
- Surgical errors, such as wrong-site surgery or leaving surgical instruments in someone’s body.
- Medication errors, such as prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, or the administration of contraindicated drugs, or drug overdose resulting in a stroke or seizure that causes brain injury.
- Anesthesia errors, such as failing to closely monitor a patient under anesthesia or administering an insufficient amount of anesthesia before a procedure.
- Cardiology malpractice, including the failure to understand and properly diagnose dangerous cardiac problems.
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndome
- Brain injuries, due to improper treatment or hypoxic and anoxic brain injury resulting from a failure to monitor patients at risk for complications or drug interactions, or damage caused by oxygen deprivation.
- Wrongful death caused by physician malpractice or negligence.
These are just some of the mistakes that may qualify as medical negligence or malpractice. If you were hurt because your doctor made any other type of critical error, you may have a valid claim. You should speak with our Houston medical malpractice attorney today so we can assess your case and determine the best path forward on your behalf.
Note: If your potential medical malpractice issue occurred on the weekend or after hours, it is all the more important to reach out to a legal advocate.
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
To prove a medical malpractice claim, you’ll need a competent attorney in your corner who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. There are certain crucial parts to winning a medical malpractice claim. They are as follows:
- You were the medical professional’s patient, and the medical professional, therefore, owed you a duty of care.
- The medical professional fell below or diverted from the medical standard of care when prescribing a course of treatment.
- The physician’s action (or inaction) directly harmed you.
- You incurred significant financial damages as a result.
Proving as much isn’t always easy, but with a competent and aggressive Harris County, Texas medical malpractice lawyer in your corner, you stand a far greater chance of recovering the compensation you deserve and need to heal.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in Houston
In Texas, the statute of limitations is typically two years. This means an injured patient is required to file their medical malpractice claim within two years of the date they were harmed by the medical professional. You should note, however, that it’s always best to bring a claim to our firm’s attention as swiftly as possible.
Contact a Houston, Texas Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you’ve been harmed by a medical professional, our firm is on your side and ready to fight for your rightful compensation. We proudly serve clients in and around Houston. Contact Davis & Davis today to schedule your free initial consultation with our experienced legal team. We are here to guide you through each phase of the process ahead.
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