Healthcare providers, like anyone else, can sometimes make mistakes. Disastrous consequences may result from significant errors like prescribing the wrong medication, misdiagnosis, inadequate supervision, or giving the patient incompatible blood. However, a bad outcome does not always mean there was malpractice.
A medical malpractice lawyer can review your claim and help you with your lawsuit. Medical malpractice cases in Texas can be complicated. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer today at 713-893-8808.
If you or a loved one has had a bad experience with a doctor or in a hospital, you may be wondering how do you know if you have a case of medical malpractice? Read on to learn more and look for these signs:
LACK OF INFORMED CONSENT
Medical procedures can have varying complications. Therefore, the medical professional must explain the risks to the patient so they know what to expect.
Cases involving a lack of informed consent may exist when:
- The doctor performed procedures the patient didn’t agree to
- The doctor failed to explain the uncertainties or the risks and benefits; and
- In failing to describe the risks adequately, the patient was prevented from choosing an alternative treatment or agreeing to the procedure performed.
Doctors must describe all the benefits and risks of the treatments. But they sometimes skip the highly unusual ones. For example, a surgical sponge or instrument that is left behind after surgery causing infection or medical complications.
If patients experience an extraordinary outcome, it may be due to a mistake such as a missed diagnosis. For example, if a doctor conducts a biopsy, but fails to report or treat cancer found in the biopsy.
A bad outcome does always mean there was neglect. You need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to evaluate the medical treatment and outcome.
OTHER DOCTORS TELL YOU ABOUT THE NEGLECT
Medical malpractice can be determined if the practitioner’s honest about the mistakes, apologizes, and offers compensation. These are commendable principles. However, healthcare providers remain reluctant to accept their errors.
Doctors responsible for follow-up care may inform you of the prior errors. Regardless of whether they’ve admitted their mistakes, if you’ve suffered harm at the hands of a doctor or hospital, you should talk to a practiced attorney to discuss your legal options.
OUR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER CAN HELP
In a medical malpractice case, attorney Chelsie King Garza strives to achieve the best possible outcome for you. She takes the time and, with patience, understands the specifics of your case. To prove a medical malpractice case, you must demonstrate that:
- The offending doctor was in charge to care for the patient, owing a duty of care to the patient;
- The doctor breached the standard of care; and
- Caused actual harm resulting from the breach or error.
Evidence including the proof of doctor-patient relationship, negligent care, a link between the injuries and carelessness, and proof of damages must also be produced to have a case.
Contact a Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
With Chelsie’s extensive background in representing victims across Texas, she can help you determine if you have a case and guide you through the entire process from start to end.
A lawsuit will not reverse the damage; however, it is essential to take legal action against the wrongdoers and get you fair compensation for your harm. Call us at (713) 893-8808 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation or contact us online. We represent clients on a contingency basis.