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From general doctors and dentists to specialists and even pharmacists, we regularly place our health and well-being 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.
If you suffered injuries or complications after a medical procedure or were otherwise harmed due to the negligent or wrongful actions of a medical professional or facility, contact the Chris Mayo Law Firm. Our San Antonio medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options and can fight for your fair recovery. We have successfully secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients; find out how we can help you, too.
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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 another 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 well-being.
- 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.
- 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 team at the Chris Mayo Law Firm understands 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 attorney is dedicated to helping victims of improper care seek the financial support that they need.
- 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 due to medical errors. Patients injured by surgical errors are often forced to contend with injuries that complicate their physical condition and recovery.
- 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.
- 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.
- Birth Injuries: The birth of a child is a special milestone for many parents and families 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.
- 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 dentist 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.
- Hospital Negligence: In addition to medical professionals, medical facilities, such as hospitals and doctor’s offices, are required to provide a certain standard of care to patients. Unfortunately, hospitals do not always uphold this standard and, as a result, patients suffer serious complications and injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice
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 Attorney Chris Mayo.
When medical malpractice occurs, is the physician or hospital liable for any injuries 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. In addition, 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 lawsuit?
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.
The San Antonio medical malpractice attorney at the Chris Mayo Law Firm 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.
Does my botched surgery qualify me for a claim?
When surgery does not go as planned, the results can be devastating. Depending on your particular circumstances, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Injuries from a surgical procedure, surgeon or attendant errors, or being put in danger in any way, could cause a medical professional to be responsible for medical malpractice. The medical practitioners in question could be ordered to compensate you for any expenses that you have incurred because of surgical complications.
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is a legal term that is particular in medical malpractice cases. When a doctor proposes a course of treatment to a patient, whether it is simply a prescription medication or a surgical procedure, they must obtain the patient’s informed consent to undergo the proposed course. In order for consent to be fully informed, patients must be made aware of any potential dangers to their health that they may face as a result of their treatment. Otherwise, doctors could be liable for any injuries or harm that occurs as a result.
Was a hospital negligent in my case?
Hospital negligence is a very serious threat to patients across the country. This type of negligence can take numerous forms but commonly occurs when a practitioner disregards the needs or safety of a patient. Additional forms of hospital negligence can include poor hiring decisions, misfiling of patient paperwork, misdiagnosis, and others. If you think that you have been the victim of hospital negligence, call us to discuss your case.
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 the highest cause of death
- In many cases of medical-related death, the error goes undetected
An eight-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 why 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.” Currently, an estimated 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to medical error.
If you have suffered harm or illness as a result of medical malpractice, you may deserve compensation. We’d love to talk to you about pursuing the compensation you deserve. Contact the Chris Mayo Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.
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