Patients who seek help with medical problems place their trust in health care providers. They expect to receive care from well-trained people who have their best interests in mind. Patients hope doctors and other providers will listen to their complaints, order appropriate tests, make an accurate diagnosis, and recommend a proper form of treatment.
Unfortunately, that is not always how things happen. If you were a victim of medical malpractice, you might have undergone unnecessary treatments that did nothing to treat your condition. Those treatments may have, in fact, worsened your situation.
You may have incurred expensive medical bills for procedures and medications you should never have received in the first place. You may have spent time in the hospital unnecessarily and suffered from pain and medication side effects. You may have missed time at work because of a delay in diagnosis or the effects of treatments you received.
The pain and suffering you endured, coupled with the financial burden and loss of independence and quality of life, may have taken a tremendous emotional toll on you. You may have become depressed and withdrawn. Finding out that a doctor made a mistake may have undermined your confidence in the healthcare profession in general.
A San Antonio medical malpractice lawyer could help you pursue justice and compensation. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented people across the United States who suffered needlessly because of the negligence of health care providers. We could help you file a personal injury lawsuit to seek awards for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call our office today at (844)-638-1822 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice encompasses a wide array of negligent actions. These are some of the most common examples.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
A health care provider should learn about a patient’s symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, and other information and order appropriate diagnostic tests. A physician who fails to consider all relevant information and order the right tests may arrive at an inaccurate diagnosis. That can be problematic for two reasons.
First, a patient may not receive the appropriate care for their condition. If the condition goes untreated, it can progress over time, and the patient’s health can deteriorate. The patient may become disabled or even die. If an accurate diagnosis comes after the illness has reached an advanced stage, it might come too late for treatment to be effective.
Second, a patient who receives a wrong diagnosis may spend thousands of dollars on ineffective medications and surgical procedures. Treatments intended for a condition that the patient does not have will not provide a benefit. A person may also become unable to work and suffer financially and emotionally because of a misdiagnosis.
An inappropriate medication may cause a person’s health to worsen or develop serious and life-threatening complications. A patient who takes unnecessary drugs and undergoes unneeded procedures may experience completely avoidable pain and suffering.
Health care providers can make numerous types of mistakes when it comes to prescription drugs. A doctor may prescribe the wrong medication because of an inaccurate diagnosis or make an accurate diagnosis but prescribe a medicine contraindicated for that condition. A physician may give a patient a drug to which they have an allergy or causes a dangerous interaction with another medication the patient takes. Finally, a doctor might prescribe the wrong dosage.
A pharmacist may dispense the wrong medication or give the correct drug at an incorrect dosage. They might fail to realize that another medication the patient takes can cause a dangerous interaction with the new prescription.
A nurse who administers a medication could also make a dangerous error. They might give the patient the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, or administer the medication in the wrong manner or at the wrong time.
Any surgical procedure is complicated, with many ways that it could go wrong. A doctor may perform the wrong procedure or operate on the wrong body part. A surgeon may cut too deep and damage a nerve, or leave a piece of surgical equipment inside the patient’s body after the procedure.
An anesthesiologist may administer the wrong amount of anesthesia, putting the patient’s life in danger or causing them to feel excruciating pain during the operation.
A San Antonio medical malpractice lawyer understands all the ways that malpractice can occur. They can help you identify the malpractice in your case, gather evidence necessary to prove your claim, and provide notice to the negligent medical professional as required by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.051 prior to filing suit. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to learn more.
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What a San Antonio Medical Malpractice Lawyer Must Prove
To demonstrate that you were a victim of medical malpractice, an attorney will have to show that you had a formal relationship with a doctor or another health care provider. They also must prove that the medical professional acted negligently by failing to meet the standard of care that another provider with similar training and experience would have given under the same circumstances.
However, a poor medical outcome is not necessarily proof that medical malpractice occurred. You must demonstrate that a provider acted negligently and that the negligence caused an injury. If you had a serious medical condition with little chance of recovery, the fact that you did not get better after seeking treatment does not necessarily mean that the doctor who treated you was negligent in their care.
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Contact a San Antonio Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Health care providers have a duty to provide competent care to their patients, but they sometimes make mistakes that cause patients to suffer needlessly. If you were a victim of medical malpractice, you might qualify for financial compensation.
If you have concerns about legal fees, that should not stop you from seeking the compensation you deserve. The San Antonio medical malpractice lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, work on contingency. If we represent you in a medical malpractice case, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. We will only receive a payment if we obtain a financial award on your behalf.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date when the injury occurred, or you completed the relevant treatment. You may bring a claim no later than 10 years after the date when the act or omission occurred. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (844)-638-1822, so our team can begin working on your case.