Medical Malpractice

From general doctors and dentists to specialists and even pharmacists, we regularly place our health and wellbeing in the hands of medical professionals. It is essential that those in the medical community observe the strictest standards of care in order to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients, but unfortunately many doctors do not take the appropriate steps needed to prevent their patients from facing serious injuries, illnesses, or even death. Medical malpractice laws are in place in order to ensure that patients have a chance to pursue the compensation they need to deal with the effects of a doctor’s mistakes.

Examples of Medical Malpractice

The errors and negligence of medical professionals can cause extreme harm to unsuspecting patients. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:

Misdiagnosis

When visiting a physician, patients often trust that their doctor, surgeon, or other medical specialist will exhibit a high level of professionalism and competence. As such, patients should be able to expect accurate diagnoses that will provide critical treatment plans to address their ailments. Unfortunately, this trust is occasionally broken, when a misdiagnosis occurs. Misdiagnoses, then, can have disastrous consequences for an individual’s health and wellbeing. The San Antonio misdiagnosis lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm know the devastating impact a misdiagnosis can have on an individual’s health, and we will work diligently to make those who are responsible be held financially accountable.

Delayed Treatment

In order to provide the best possible care to patients, healthcare professionals undergo rigorous training. However, when a medical practitioner fails to provide prompt diagnosis and treatment, the consequences can cause serious harm to patients. In addition to complicating the recovery process, injuries sustained by medical mistakes can cause patients to experience numerous additional costs.

When a patient is harmed by medical mistakes, the San Antonio delayed treatment attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm are dedicated to fighting for his or her rights. If you have been harmed by delayed treatment, you should not go through this situation alone. Our legal team is prepared to help you hold the responsible party accountable for any injuries or additional expenses that you have incurred.

Improper Treatment

When patients visit any type of medical practitioner, they rightfully expect a certain standard of care to be provided. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, proper care or treatment may not be provided. The San Antonio improper treatment attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm understand that many people in San Antonio have suffered as a result of medical errors, and we are dedicated to helping patients seek restitution when this happens.

Though improper medical treatment can take numerous forms, in many cases, patients face serious medical or financial consequences for these errors. For this reason, our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of improper care seek the financial support that they need. If you have been injured because of a medical professional’s negligence, you should not face your situation alone; an attorney at Chris Mayo Law Firm is ready to help.

Surgical Errors

Both major and non-invasive surgical procedures can help patients recover from an array of medical conditions. While many patients have a positive experience, some are seriously harmed during surgery to due to medical errors. Patients injured by surgical errors are often forced to contend with injuries that complicate their physical condition and recovery.

If you have been the victim of a medical mistake in San Antonio, the surgical errors attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm believe that the responsible medical practitioners should be held accountable for their mistakes. Our attorneys have the legal experience needed to fight for your rights.

Emergency Room Errors

When patients seek emergency treatment for pressing medical issues, they expect to receive appropriate care from an experienced and competent medical team. Unfortunately, emergency room mistakes are a reality for many San Antonio residents, and when these errors occur, the patient could face injuries that worsen their physical condition.

If you have been the victim of an emergency room error, you should not face your situation alone, and the San Antonio attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm are dedicated to seeing that you receive the legal help that you need at this difficult time. If any member of a San Antonio medical staff has caused you further injury, they should be held financially accountable for your pain and suffering.

Pharmaceutical Errors

Because millions of American consumers depend on pharmaceutical products to regulate and control a variety of physical and mental conditions, it is critical that those in the pharmaceutical industry ensure that their products are safe. Sadly, pharmaceutical errors still cause serious illness and injury among innocent consumers in San Antonio, often resulting in a significant financial burden for victims.

The San Antonio pharmaceutical error attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm believe that pharmacists should be held to a high standard, as they are responsible for the execution of medical treatment that affects the well-being of other people. Our legal team is dedicated to representing the interests of San Antonio residents who have been victimized by pharmaceutical errors.

Birth Injuries

The birth of child is a special milestone for many parents and families in San Antonio, and should be experienced and remembered as such. Since the birthing process can be a medically demanding ordeal, it is important that the overseeing team of doctors and nurses provide the best possible care. When satisfactory care is not provided, serious issues can arise and affect the health of the child and mother.

The San Antonio birth injury attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm understand that, while many births are successful, far too many birth injuries occur in San Antonio delivery rooms, and we are dedicated to helping families, like yours, through this difficult time. If your child has been injured because of a medical mistake, we understand the financial and emotional difficulty that you are likely experiencing. With the help of one of our compassionate attorneys, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation to help with your child’s care.

Dental Malpractice

Dentists have a number of responsibilities to their patients, including proper care, timely diagnoses, and operating within the limits of consent. If a dentists fails to uphold the proper standard of care, he or she may have committed dental malpractice and could be held liable for any pain, injuries, or damages caused by his or her negligence. At Chris Mayo Law Firm, our dental malpractice attorneys work on your behalf to seek compensation from San Antonio dentists who acted negligently caused harm to you.

Hospital Negligence

The personal injury lawyers of Chris Mayo Law Firm have been serving San Antonio and the South Texas area for years. We have the knowledge and skills to provide our clients with the strong, capable legal service they need. Our successful track record and our positive reputation indicate our commitment to our clients. We strive to perform all of our duties in a compassionate, efficient, and competent manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

A serious injury can put your life on hold, which is why we want to share information and answer injury victims’ questions as quickly as possible. If your question is not listed here or if you would like to speak with a member of our legal staff, please contact one of our attorneys.

When medical malpractice occurs, is the physician or the hospital liable for any personal injury or damages?

If the physician is an employee of a hospital, the hospital will typically be held responsible if that physician hurts a patient by acting incompetently. Also, nurses, medical technicians, and support staff are hospital employees, so they can be liable for damages as well. If a physician is not an employee of the hospital, the hospital may not be liable for the doctor’s mistakes. It is best to seek legal advice to find out whether the physician or hospital is liable because it is a difficult aspect of receiving compensation.

How much can I receive from a medical malpractice suit?

These cases are highly specific and the outcomes vary. There are a number of damages you can seek compensation for like the price of the failed procedure as well as future procedures needed to fix new problems. There are a few non-economic damages for which you could seek monetary return, such as pain and suffering, but it’s difficult to calculate these without the help of an attorney.

Do I need an attorney?

Hospital staff and doctors are often backed by their own teams of lawyers who work full-time or on retainer for the facility. Hospitals often operate like businesses and will work to protect themselves in a case of medical malpractice. You need a tough, dedicated attorney working for you to help you get the compensation you deserve.

A Chris Mayo Law Firm attorney can help you with negotiations or even potential courtroom battles. We’ll also help you with the smaller burdens like filling out paperwork or keeping track of important dates and deadlines. It is possible for an injured party to represent themselves, but it’s a difficult uphill battle, and represented individuals tend to recover three times more in compensation than their non-represented counterparts, even in cases of victory.

U.S. Medical Error – Statistics

A study reported by John Hopkins Medicine suggests that medical error is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Also, more physicians are advocating for more accurate reporting in when it comes to deaths caused by medical malpractice. Here are three key facts regarding medical error:

  • 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are due to medical error
  • Medical error now takes the third position for highest cause of death
  • In many cases of medical-related death, the error goes undetected

An 8-year study at Johns Hopkins showed that more than 250,000 deaths can be attributed to medical error in the United States each year. The study also showed that the CDC’s method of obtaining national health statistics doesn’t point out medical errors separately on death certificates, which is John Hopkins researchers are petitioning for revised criteria for identifying deaths on death certificates.

Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., a leader in health reform who works at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a professor of surgery, says “the medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.” 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to medical error.

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