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Whether you’re in Alaska or here in Houston, contacting a medical malpractice attorney near you can seem like a daunting task.

That’s the first myth we’ll unravel, by the way.

The rest of our malpractice myths include:

► Medical malpractice claims are typically frivolous.

► There’s many more medical malpractice claims than actual malpractice.

► Medical malpractice claims increase health care costs.

► All medical malpractice attorneys are the same.

Let’s dive right in!

#1 Contacting a Nearby Medical Malpractice Lawyer is Difficult

Far from it. We can’t speak on behalf of the other malpractice attorneys out there, but for us, all you have to do is dial our number and we’re there, 24/7.

Or send us a message. From there, we do the heavy lifting for you.

We guide you through the process with over 60 years of collective experience.

And if you live far away from Houston Texas, here’s some simple options to find a good malpractice lawyer (and here’s a list of criteria to help you pick the best of the best):

1. Talk to your family, friends & acquaintances for recommendations.

2. If you know a lawyer you trust, ask if they have any recommendations. (Hint: They will.)

3. Create a list of medical malpractice attorneys near you and interview them, asking questions that will reveal their quality and ability.

Again, we can’t speak for other attorneys, but the vast majority of law firms make you, the prospective client, the #1 priority. That means that, aside from the mental hurdle of picking up the phone, that first conversation should actually be pretty easy.

#2 Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Are “Flippant.’

This is another myth that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, this study from Harvard School of Public Health shows that only 3% of medical malpractice claims could be considered flippant, or “frivolous.”

The problem is that most of the lawsuits that garner our attention are the ones that are sensationalized and wrung out by the media. Like the man who sued a dry cleaner for $67 million when they lost his pants, or the woman who spilled coffee on herself then sued for $2.7 million. These cases are frivolous, but they’re also few and far between.

We’re not hearing about the mother who’s baby was carelessly treated during birth, or the individual who is now quadriplegic because of a surgery error. Every-day people whose lives have been forever altered because of a medical mistake. People who deserve justice. There’s nothing flippant about that.

#3 There’s Many More Medical Malpractice Claims Than Actual Malpractice.

Malpractice, sadly, occurs much more often than medical malpractice lawsuits. The reasons vary. Sometimes doctors hide or make light of their mistakes. Sometimes patients trust their doctors more than they should and never realize they’ve been diagnosed incorrectly, or given the wrong dosage, or have been operated on for the wrong surgery. Et cetera, et cetera.

The moral buried in this myth is to keep your eyes open and be aware — malpractice happens, and it happens often. And when it happens, the chances of the doctor breezing over the mistake or outright hiding it are much higher than you’d think.

You can read more about the rise in medical errors and doctors hiding them here.

#4 Medical Malpractice Claims Increase Health Care Costs.

Nope. Not so much. A number of insurance companies, and even members of government spread this myth.

In fact, medical malpractice claims decreased by over 50% since the early 90s, while…

Blue and green chart showing decrease of medical malpractice claims between the 90s and 2017.

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Blue and white chart showing medical malpractice claims stats.

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…healthcare costs dramatically increased.

Blue and orange chart of growing health costs in US, from 2008 to 2018

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Green and orange chart of medical costs increase up to 2019

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The premiums doctors pay for medical malpractice insurance are probably a lot less than you think. And as mentioned before, the number of cases filed has significantly dropped in the last twenty years. This just isn’t the issue many believe it is.

Want to know what is responsible for US health care being twice as expensive as other developed nations?

According to researchers at Harvard Chan School, the problem is inflated prices.

► Doctors and nurses get paid twice as much, for one (and the care is similar and often lower in quality compared to other developed nations).

► Drugs are incredibly expensive.

► Hospitals in America pay more for diagnostic tests and administration too.

And there you have it. America’s health care is ridiculously expensive, but medical malpractice claims have little to do with it.

Next up, the myth of equality.

#5 All Medical Malpractice Attorneys Are The Same.

Imagine a salesperson, chatting with one of her fellow salespeople, says “you know, I really think every salesperson in this company is equally good.”

It’s just an unfair assessment. We all know that no two people are alike, whether we’re talking salespeople or attorneys. Some people are just better at certain things than others. You wouldn’t hire a family lawyer over a medical malpractice lawyer, if you’re trying to prove medical negligence, right?

More importantly, you wouldn’t hire a bad lawyer over a good one.

That is, if you knew better.

You need to do your research. Don’t place your trust in just anyone. Be selective and hire an attorney with a proven track record, and ideally an attorney whose focus is solely one area of law.

We hope we were able to help debunk a few of the common medical malpractice myths you may have believed.

Don’t forget – if you or someone you love has suffered by the hands of a medical professional, you owe it to yourself to discover the truth and receive what may be owed to you.