When you or a loved one is sick of coping with a life-changing diagnosis, you place a tremendous amount of trust and faith in the men and women of the medical profession. You trust that they have made a proper diagnosis, and you trust that they have chosen the best possible treatment. You have faith that they treat their job with the respect and care it deserves in order to keep you and your family safe from harm.
If you have been harmed by medical negligence, not only are you facing a serious health crisis, but you also feel betrayed and deceived by the medical facility and staff that treated you. You may feel completely helpless—but our Houston medical malpractice attorneys wants you to know that you are not helpless, and you have legal recourse. To learn more or discuss the details of your case, call and schedule a consultation with our experienced accident attorneys today.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals are expected to practice their profession under the medical standard of care, which means that they will provide you with the type of care that a competent professional in the same field would provide. While this does not sound like much, it is an important standard that both accommodates the uncertainties in the medical field while demanding the best of those who practice medicine.
Healthcare is a very challenging field, and with so many variables it is impossible to demand miracles, such as curing untreatable conditions. What the medical standard of care does demand, however, is that the doctor chooses and executes a treatment that another doctor in the same situation would have deemed appropriate.
While proving that the doctor failed to exercise the medical standard of care can be difficult, it usually comes down to the doctor behaving recklessly or negligently. There are three common medical malpractice claims:
Common consequences of medical negligence include:
If you think that you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to collect damages by filing a lawsuit. Such damages would include both economic damages, which would account for medical expenses and lost income, as well and the trickier non-economic damages, which are monetary awards based on intangible harm, such as pain and suffering.
While medical malpractice can have terrible consequences for victims, claims involving malpractice can be very complicated. Proving a breach of the medical standard of care is extraordinarily difficult, and generally requires expert witnesses to verify. Several factors must be proven in order to collect damages, and you will need an attorney who has experience with these claims in order to have a successful outcome.
At Kennedy Law Firm LLP, our medical malpractice attorneys have over 50 combined years of experience handling complex medical malpractice claims. We will work closely with you to determine if you have been the victim of malpractice, and will fight passionately for your cause if you have been wronged by a medical professional. If you have questions about your case, call us today to schedule a free consultation with a Houston medical malpractice lawyer.