Medical malpractice is a time sensitive legal process.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When you go to the doctor, you’re already in a vulnerable position and expect to receive a certain standard of care. This is why medical professionals need to undergo extensive education and training—to be able to act in a competent and skilled manner in regard to treating patients. However, while this is a well-established standard across doctors, surgeons, nurses, and anyone else in the healthcare industry, it’s not always upheld. That’s why, if you or a loved one are a victim to negligence, Houston M. Smith will help you file the appropriate medical malpractice lawsuit.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to the professional negligence that reduces the standard of treatment and subsequently results in injury, harm, or death. It can occur due to a number of reasons, most commonly being misdiagnosis, failure to treat a condition, unethical procedures, poor documentation, medication errors, birth-related injuries, lack of informed consent, or even patient injury during a treatment. While you should be able to trust the healthcare team caring for you, medical malpractice is more common than you’d think. In fact, there are as many as 251,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone that occur due to medical errors.
Healthcare is a complicated industry with a lot of room for error, but there’s no reason that injury or harm from carelessness or intentional acts should occur. To help increase your chances of financial compensation, it’s important to work with an experienced medical malpractice law firm like the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith. Our team of attorneys can help you navigate the complexities that surround a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Do I Need an Attorney to Sue for Medical Malpractice?
While you don’t technically need an attorney to file a claim for medical malpractice, having one on your side is going to greatly increase your chances of success. In order to prove that malpractice occurred in the first place, you need heavy documentation and proof that the negligence or diminished standard of care caused the injury, damage, or death. In fact, you’ll need to prove five specific things:
- That a doctor-patient relationship actually existed
- That the doctor had a standard duty of care they needed to uphold
- That the doctor failed to uphold that standard duty of care
- That the patient’s injuries were directly caused by this breach of care
- That the patient suffered either physical, emotional, or financial injury as a result of this breach of care
Medical malpractice is a time sensitive legal process. The statute of limitation in Texas is two years after the negligent act occurred. To help preserve evidence of your case, it’s important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. The team of attorneys at The Law Offices of Houston M. Smith are standing by to help you hold the liable parties in medical malpractice claims accountable. Contact us today for your free case evaluation at (945) 468-7866 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.
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