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We trust doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals to care for us when we’re sick or injured. That’s why it can be so frustrating and upsetting when you or a loved one sustains a serious injury or illness due to mistakes made by medical professionals.
Knowing what to do next can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an experienced Houston medical malpractice attorney who knows the law and knows what to do. That’s why you need Smith & Hassler in your corner, fighting for you.
Our lawyers have been skillfully handling complicated medical malpractice cases in Texas for more than 30 years. We know what evidence to look for. We know what questions to ask. We’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to demand the maximum compensation you deserve, including filing a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
What is medical malpractice?
Health care professionals must always follow strict standards of care when treating patients. Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a failure to meet these minimum levels of care. Examples of medical malpractice cover a wide range, including:
People are treated by medical professionals every single day in the Houston area. They are treated at Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, clinics, private practices, and other locations.
Most medical professionals are responsible and provide care that meets accepted standards. When one is negligent, resulting in harm, we hold them accountable. Whatever type of medical malpractice case you’re dealing with in Texas, our Houston law firm can defend your rights and be your voice for justice.
What are common causes of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs for many different reasons. In general, mistakes made by medical professionals often involve either negligence (failure to do something) or reckless behavior. Specific reasons why medical malpractice occurs include:
- Mistakes made by inexperienced medical professionals
- Mistakes made by reckless medical professionals
- Unsanitary conditions
- Understaffing at medical facility
- Operating on wrong part of the body
- Discharging someone too early from a hospital
Is this what happened to you or a family member? Or are you dealing with another type of medical malpractice case? Whatever the circumstances of your case, you can count on us to take aggressive legal action.
What makes medical malpractice cases so complicated in Texas?
Medical malpractice cases can be extremely complicated for many different reasons, including:
- Medical professional denies doing anything wrong
- Medical professional lies about what happened during medical treatment or surgery
- Medical professional or hospital conceals or destroys evidence related to your injury
- Medical professional blames you for causing your injury
- Medical professional’s insurance company denies your medical malpractice claim
Medical malpractice can be hard to prove. Health care professionals and their insurance companies rarely admit negligence. Often, it’s your word against theirs. Without proof of wrongdoing, insurance companies often refuse to pay for any damages. That’s where we come in. Our law firm can aggressively investigate your case and take on insurance companies, hospitals and anyone who stands in your way for justice.
What should I do if I think I have a medical malpractice case?
It’s critical that you take your medical malpractice case seriously right away. That’s why we recommend taking the following steps:
- If you don’t feel well, seek immediate medical treatment. Your health matters most.
- Do not talk about your medical malpractice case with the medical professional who harmed you or a loved one.
- Do not discuss your medical malpractice case with friends or neighbors.
- Do not post anything on social media about your medical malpractice case.
- Contact our law firm right away.
The reason why it’s important to say as little as possible about your potential medical malpractice case is because your statements could be used as evidence to deny your claim. Hospitals or insurance companies will often look for any excuse to not compensate. That’s because the stakes are often so high in medical malpractice cases.
Depending on the severity of your injury, the length of your recovery and how long you cannot work, your medical malpractice case could be worth thousands or millions of dollars. Your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding medical professionals or facilities responsible for their actions.
Get serious about your medical malpractice case. Get Smith & Hassler
Medical malpractice cases can be complicated. Choosing the right medical malpractice attorney should be straightforward. Make the right call. Contact Smith & Hassler, Attorneys at Law. We can help you every step of the way. Schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Houston medical malpractice lawyer who will go above and beyond for you.
Doctors who fail to diagnose illnesses, or mistake the symptoms of one illness for another, place patients at a heightened risk for harm. A physician's error can mean that patients do not receive timely treatment. People suffering from cancer, heart disease or other serious illnesses need immediate attention so they can receive the best possible diagnosis.
An illness that is left untreated for a long period can lead to serious consequences, such as the need for high-risk surgery. A patient could die in some cases, due to a doctor's mistake.
Diagnosing errors can include:
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Misinterpretation of tests
- Failure to properly analyze lab results
- Failure to order a biopsy
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to order necessary lab or medical tests
- Failure to monitor changes in a patient's progression of a misdiagnosed disease
Patients should be treated in facilities that are properly maintained and hygienic. When hospital administrators fail to ensure that standards are met, it can result in unnecessary injury to patients and other people using their facilities.
Examples of hospital negligence include:
- Delayed or improper administration of medication
- Administration of wrong medication
- Improper use of a medical device
- Unnecessary or unauthorized surgical procedure
- Misdiagnosis of heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical condition while under hospital care
- Discharge from inpatient stay before it's safe for the patient to return home
- Decisions about care made as response to pressure by HMOs to save money
Hospital negligence can result from:
- Lack of communication
- Insufficiently trained hospital employees and staff
- Insufficient supervision
- Careless hospital employees and staff
- Failure to follow procedures and rules