Corpus Christi Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The Edwards Law Firm Represents Injured Patients
It is almost unimaginable to consider that a patient could be harmed by their trusted medical professional when they required medical treatment and care. Yet, medical malpractice remains as one of the leading causes of preventable death and severe injury in the country, according to John Hopkins surveys, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health and safety groups.
If you or a loved one have been harmed due to the mistakes of a medical professional, then know that you are not alone. Thousands of people every year are put in the same unfair situation. You also have the right to pursue fair compensation from the liable party with the help of a medical malpractice attorney.
At The Edwards Law Firm in Corpus Christi, our medical malpractice lawyers are standing by to come to your aid and counsel after you have been harmed by a medical error. Using our decades of legal experience, we can help you file a claim against a doctor, nurse, surgeon, hospital, medical group, or any other medical staff member that caused your harm.
Call (361) 541-6333 or contact us online now to learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
A medical professional can cause medical malpractice in a number of ways. Effectively, any unacceptable mistake that harms a patient, worsens their condition, or does not stop their condition from worsening can constitute medical malpractice. However, there are some errors that occur more often than others.
Common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose: As a patient, you rely on your doctor to accurately diagnose what ails you and do so without unnecessary delay. If your doctor fails to diagnose your illness, takes too long to diagnose it, or diagnoses it as a different illness, then it may be a case of medical malpractice.
- Surgical errors: Mistakes made during an operation by a surgeon are some of the most dangerous forms of medical malpractice. Surgical errors can be varied, ranging from leaving a small medical instrument inside the patient to amputating the wrong limb.
- Prescription errors: Medical malpractice can happen outside the hospital and in the pharmacy if a pharmacist gives you the wrong prescription medicine. You may also be given the wrong dosage of the right medicine. Prescription errors can also occur if your doctor prescribes an incorrect or unsafe medication in the first place.
- Poor aftercare: After your treatment in a hospital or medical facility ends, you will still require aftercare or further guidance from your medical provider. Not being given the right medical guidance to take care of yourself, or not being provided necessary follow-up appointments with your medical provider, could cause harm and be considered medical malpractice.
- Disregarding medical history: Your medical record is a powerful tool that your medical provider should use whenever you see them. Failing to read or acknowledge your medical history when conducting or prescribing future treatments may be equivalent to a medical error.
Damages You Can Seek as a Medical Malpractice Plaintiff
If you have been harmed by your medical provider in a way that should have been preventable, then you should start thinking about how to seek closure, justice, and compensation for it. With our Corpus Christi medical malpractice attorneys leading the way, you can confidently seek each and every damage to which you are entitled. It will be our job to review your damages and calculate the maximum amount you should be given by the liable party or the insurance company acting for them.
In your medical malpractice claim, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Any medical care performed erroneously
- Any medical care made necessary due to the medical error
- Wages lost due to your continued illness or injury
- Noneconomic damages like pain and suffering
It might be possible to receive punitive damages in your medical malpractice claim if your case includes a defendant who has performed an egregious act of negligence. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the defendant in an effort to prevent similar behavior or mistakes in the future.
For example, imagine that your doctor had a long history of surgical errors, but you were never informed. If they harm you through a surgical mistake, then you may be awarded punitive damages paid by the medical group that allowed your doctor to perform surgery on you, despite knowing their dangerous history.
To learn about the damages you may be able to seek in your medical malpractice claim, contact our law firm at any time.
High Standard of Liability in Medical Malpractice Claims
Simply being harmed during a medical procedure is not medical malpractice. Not healing as expected through medical treatment is not medical malpractice. In fact, there is a high standard of liability that must be reached before you can even file a medical malpractice claim.
Four standards must be met to be able to legally say medical malpractice occurred:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the medical provider who caused you undue harm. This rule is meant to protect emergency medical technicians and emergency room doctors from certain liabilities, as they must make on-the-spot decisions to try to save a patient, often without knowing their full medical record.
- Your doctor acted outside acceptable medical standards. What a medical professional can and cannot do when seeing a patient is an extensive list. Individual treatments add even more restrictions and requirements. It is only medical malpractice if your doctor harmed you through an action or decision that was not approved by the medical community or a governing medical board.
- The unacceptable medical decision caused you to suffer an injury or continued illness. No matter how far your doctor goes outside acceptable medical standards, there is no medical malpractice if that decision did not cause an injury, worsen your illness, or halt recovery from a preexisting condition.
- Your injuries or continued illness caused you to experience actual damages. As with any personal injury claim, a court will often only hear your medical malpractice claim if it involves some form of actual damages, like incurred medical costs and missing wages. It is difficult to pursue a medical malpractice claim on noneconomic damages (emotional trauma, pain and suffering, etc.) alone.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Texas
Keep in mind that your medical malpractice claim is held to the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code statute of limitations. Under this legal rule, you only have two years to file your medical malpractice claim, beginning on the date the medical mistake or your injury occurred. The two-year statute of limitations begins instead on the last date of medical treatment if your harm occurred due to ongoing treatment.
In Texas, there is also a hard-cap of ten (10) years on medical malpractice claim statutes of limitations. After two years but before ten years, you can file your claim, but the defendant can ask the court to dismiss it, which is highly likely. After ten years, you cannot even file a claim at all.
Stand Up for Justice After Medical Malpractice – Call Now
You deserve to have your voice heard after you have been harmed due to medical malpractice. The Edwards Law Firm in Corpus Christi is here to be that voice for you. While you focus on your health and wellbeing, we dig into the details of your case to prove that medical malpractice occurred, that you were harmed, and that you are deserving of fair and maximized compensation.
For a FREE consultation, call (361) 541-6333 now!
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