When you are sick or injured, you expect that the medical professionals you seek treatment from will help you, not negligently hurt you. However, recent studies show that medical errors are the third leading cause of all deaths in the United States. These preventable medical errors have profound impacts on those who are injured, the families of those injured, and our society.
The most common medical malpractice injuries include infection, stroke, deformity, sepsis, nerve damage, brain damage, and death. The causes of these injuries can vary from physician failures to diagnose or poor surgery technique to poor training of nursing staff. Oftentimes the root cause is simply failing to pay proper attention to the patient’s signs and symptoms.
The law governing medical malpractice claims has undergone many changes in the past few decades. Many states have placed caps on the amount of “non-economic” damages that an injured person can recover. Non-economic damages include compensation for the pain and suffering and mental anguish that a patient may feel because, for example, a surgeon operated on the wrong body part. Some states have also made it easier for doctors and hospitals to have the injured family’s case thrown out of court. Texas is one of those states.
From the very beginning of a medical malpractice case, the deck is stacked against the injured person. The doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes will have teams of professionals and insurance adjusters that will go to work on avoiding responsibility or minimizing the amount of liability they may face for medical malpractice. Often, before the injured person knows of the medical error, the doctor, hospital or other facility will already have begun developing their defenses.
At Armstrong & Lee LLP, we can help you level the playing field. Our attorneys will be glad to meet you at our offices, at the hospital, or in your home for a free, no-obligation consultation.