Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case? (Find Out Below)

Do you think you have a medical malpractice case against your doctor?

Fact is, you might. And you might not. Common sense doesn’t always dictate in the court of law, and what may seem like a clear cut lawsuit may not be. But one way or the other, this is a great place to start. Because you’ll be able to either confirm that you have a case, or that you don’t.

Let’s start with the home runs. That is, if you answer yes to one of the questions below, it’s looking good. Really good.

YES = You Likely Have A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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Did they leave a surgical sponge or other foreign object inside of you after performing surgery?

This happens waaaay more than it should. 4,000-6,000 times more than it should. Yep. You read that right — in the US, 4,000 cases are reported each year, of surgical items being left inside a patient. And experts believe the actual number is closer to 6,000! That means that roughly 12 US surgeons per day who sew up their patients only to remember they’d left a foreign object inside of them. Oops. BIG oops.*

FYI, here’s a few of the most common objects left inside a patient:

► Scalpels: Blades for making surgical incisions.

► Retractors: Tool that holds incisions open.

► Sponges: Material not unlike gauze, to soak up blood and keep it from pooling.

► Clips/clamps: Tools used to pinch off blood vessels.

Needles: Used to sew stitches and sutures.

Next up, the unwanted operation.

Did they perform an operation on you that you did not need?

Home run number two. If they operate on your arm to remove a tumor, but it turns out your x-rays had been switched with another patient’s and you don’t have a tumor after all, guess what? That’s medical malpractice. Time to talk to a malpractice attorney and plan your lawsuit.

Did they perform an operation on you that was meant to be for a different patient?

Patient A needs their tonsils removed. You (patient B) need lower back surgery. They remove your tonsils. Not cool, but congrats — that’s malpractice. You sir or ma’am, have a medical malpractice case. Same goes for the wrong part of the body, which brings us to question 4:

Did they operate on the wrong part of your body?

Let’s say you go in for an appendectomy. They put you under for the procedure. You wake up expecting to feel a little sore in, you know, your appendix region. But instead, you wake up to a missing leg. Yikes. That’s a home run and then some — time to call the best malpractice lawyer you can find, because you just might have a case.

Did they perform surgery without your consent? (Non-emergency only.)

You wake up confused and sore. Questions are asked. “Wait, why on earth didn’t you ask me first?!” you project, eyes justifiably bulging. They fumble around with some silly answers including how they’re legally clear to perform emergency operations without consent. But a vasectomy? That hardly seems like a justifiable emergency to you. And you’d be right to second guess. Grab the nearest attorney and sue away. (Actually just kidding — find the best attorney and medical staff.)

Did they fail to inform you about a significant risk? (A risk that has more than a 5% chance of occurring.)

Here’s the situation. Your doctor solemnly tells you that you have a narrowed carotid artery that needs to be opened so you don’t have a stroke. “Great!” you smile, and the next thing you know, your surgeon inserts a stent into your femoral artery, threads it through until he reaches your carotid, then inflates a balloon through the stent, successfully expanding your carotid artery. Yay! Wait no, not yay — they didn’t tell you the mortality rate, did they? Nope. 32% – that’s the mortality rate at two years after this sort of operation. That’s a big no-no and it’s on you to lower the hammer of justice.

Now, if you answered yes to any one of these questions, you almost definitely have a medical malpractice case. Congrats! What’s next? Give us a call, and we’ll walk you through the process to get you paid! It can be annoyingly complex, but that’s why we’re here — so it doesn’t have to be for you.

If you didn’t have any yeswins to the questions above, fear not. Many if not most cases aren’t 100% obvious wins from the get go. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical staff is here to help you straighten everything out to determine whether or not you have a case.

So how do you know if you have a medical malpractice case if you didn’t have a yes for any the questions above?

Read on, to our “not-quite-home-runs-but-still-possibly-a-case-q-and-a.”

YES = You Might Have A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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Were you injured during a medical procedure or because of a treatment?

Now, this may seem like an obvious win. You’re suffering in some way because your doctor messed up! But not all mess ups are considered malpractice.

That said, if you believe you’re suffering because your doctor messed something up, and you’re a smart, reasonable person, there’s a pretty good chance you’re right.

And this is the best part. All it takes is a quick call to find out.

Do you believe your doctor’s or nurse’s treatment was below medical standards?

The big question here is why? If you have a good reason, the best thing you can do is immediately contact the best attorney you know. The average medical malpractice settlement is over $425,000 and the average jury award is over $1 million. 9 out of 10 cases settle.* You don’t want to give up a chance to win $.5 million to $1 million, do you?

Does your doctor have a sketchy past littered with malpractice?

This is far from a home run, but still a pretty solid indicator that you’re on the right path. But how do you find out? Dig up their medical history online! You can use this online physician search tool from the Federation of State Medical Boards to look your  doctor up.

Even if you don’t suspect a doctor of malpractice, and just want to know who is treating you or your family (or maybe you have a new doctor) it’s always nice to know that you’re in good hands. And if you’re not, you can find a better doctor!

Last but not least — there’s one automatic disqualifier you should know about. Sadly, your window of opportunity isn’t open forever. With that in mind, the next section will help you determine whether yours is or isn’t.

Are you within your state’s statute of limitations?

This is a biggy. If the answer to this question is no, I’m sorry to say, you don’t have a medical malpractice case.

How do you find out?

Well, let’s start with this. As of the date this article was written (and aside from suing government agencies), every state gives you at least a year. For example, here in Houston and the rest of Texas, you have up to 2 years after the day of the personal injury incident.

If you don’t live in Texas, use this personal injury statute of limitations chart to find out how long your state gives you.

Keep in mind, there are some very rare exceptions to these rules, possibly in your favor but also otherwise. A quick chat with your medical malpractice lawyer should set things straight.

Final Thoughts On Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

So that’s that. Hopefully you just found out some good news! If you’re in Houston Texas (anywhere really), and you think you have a lawsuit, we can help you confirm today.

Give us a quick call at 713-489-0993! Why? Because you matter. And also, math. Remember, how 90% of all medical malpractice lawsuits end in a settlement?*

That means, if you call us and we team up to pursue the lawsuit together, there’s a very high chance that you’ll be compensated through settlement. The average settlement, again, is $425,000. Not bad.

So find out! You may have a case, and you may not. But risking 5 minutes to possibly come out around $.5 million ahead? Way better than playing the lottery.

How To Sue The Hospital: You CAN Sue Your Hospital (& WIN!)

“I want to sue the hospital. But how? And can I win?”

It’s a reasonable ask in many cases. And yes, the answer is yes:

You can sue your hospital.

And win.

Naturally, you need a good reason. If you have one, you’ve probably already graduated from “I want to sue the hospital” to “how can I sue the hospital?”

If that’s the case, you’re in the right place.

Because we’re going to cover precisely that.

Let’s start with the three reasons you can sue the hospital:

1. Medical negligence

2. Medical malpractice (A very specific type of negligence.)

3. Wrongful death (If a loved one died because of negligence.)

If your reason falls into one of these categories and you want to sue your hospital, use the steps below as a guide to get the ball rolling.

1 – Check Your Statute Of Limitations

Every state has their own statute of limitations (a specific period of time where you’re able to file a lawsuit). So if you want to sue the hospital, it’s important to check your state’s specific limitations.

Because if you’re suing a hospital, you may have less time than if you were suing an individual. In some states, you only get a year from the day you were injured.

Anyway, here’s how to check. If you’re in Texas, you can give us a call and we’ll give you all the most up-to-date details, and answer the rest of your questions too.

Otherwise, just Google statute of limitations in <insert your state here>.

For you social butterflies who’d rather hop on a call to chat about it, you can call the clerk’s office or your public law library. Once you find out that you’re still able to file a lawsuit, it’s time to don your detective hat.

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2 – Find Out Who To Sue. And Why. And…

“I want to sue the hospital” may be a great place to start. But “I want to sue my doctor” might be even better. Which is your best bet? You want answers, and you need them. Especially in this step toward compensation.

Was the injury the result of negligence? Maybe someone wasn’t doing their job, wasn’t truthful about a complication, or maybe the hospital’s equipment was faulty?

Let’s start with the basics: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

In this step, start a notebook of “sue the hospital” notes and write down the answers as you learn them. You can refer to these notes when you consult with your attorney, to make sure you don’t miss any details.

Who: Pinpoint who was (and is) responsible. Was it a member of the medical staff? A technician? Keep in mind that (depending on the issue at hand) it could be any of a number of people employed at the hospital. Knowing who did it will help you determine who to sue, whether it’s a doctor, a nurse, someone else or the hospital as a whole.

What: What exactly happened? Did your doctor overlook something on your medical record? Did your surgeon operate on the wrong body part? Write down every detail you can, it’ll help you later.

To support the what, you’ll want to gather all of your information; photos, medical records, incident reports, etc. This will come in handy later. Here’s a medical malpractice documents checklist to help you remember everything.

When: Was it in the morning? Afternoon? Evening? Was there a staffing change? Did it occur right after the doctor came in, or later?

Where: If relevant, where did the accident occur? What floor, room, or part of the hospital?

Why: Did this happen because of negligence? That’s the big why. 

To do the heavier research on the most difficult questions above, talk with your lawyer (the next step). Your malpractice attorney and the rest of the staff will help you dig much deeper than you’re able to on your own.

And for that, you’ll want to recruit your A-team.

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3 – Consult Your Attorney

Keep this in mind — when you sue a hospital, whether it’s for malpractice, negligence or wrongful death, you’re taking on a professional team of hospital law attorneys. This is a far cry from their first rodeo. It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway — if you want to win and get the most money out of that hospital and into your pocket, you need to find a good lawyer with the right experience. Experience filing and winning lawsuits like yours.

One good piece of news is, most malpractice lawyers work on contingency, so not having enough money won’t be an issue.

Call them up.

Consult.

Easy as that.

A good attorney will seamlessly guide you through the rest of the process. Honestly, you don’t even need the rest of this guide — just give us a call now and we’ll walk you through it step by step! But if you want to understand the process better before that, read on to the next step:

4 – File Your Complaint Against The Hospital

This is where your lawyer files the complaint with your state court. This complaint is pretty much exactly what it sounds like it is. It’s an official complaint against the hospital including what they did wrong, and the amount of money you expect as payment for the damage done.

Next, it’s off to the races! Starting with what may be the most molasses-slow, tedious game you’ve ever played. We call it discovery.

5 – Do The Discovery

What’s discovery, you ask?

It’s a somewhat intrusive process where their team interrogates you and gathers evidence from your team. Your team does the same to them.

This is a very good thing because it gives your lawyer the chance to gather convincing information to win your case with. And that brings us to the final phase in our hospital-suing journey: The trial.

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6 – Get Paid (Or Move Forward To The Trial)

After your lawyer investigates, and you file your complaint, and complete discovery, now it’s time (ideally) to get paid.

If the conditions are right, your lawyer will pursue a settlement. If the hospital realizes you’re in the right and they owe you compensation, they may choose to settle. For malpractice cases, 9 times out of 10, the hospital will settle out of court.

If they do, your attorney, the hospital and you will reach an agreement and settle for a fair sum of money.

But if you can’t come to an agreement, for whatever reason, it’s on to the next step in your hospital-suing journey! The trial.

7 – Prep & Get To That Trial

Your lawyer and the rest of the team will hold pre-trial conferences with you (and your witnesses and experts too), to make sure everyone’s on the same page and knows exactly what to expect.

By the time you get to the trial, you’ll be well-prepped and ready to win your case. At the end of your trial the jury will make their decision. If they decide in your favor, congrats, you win!

You wanted to sue the hospital. You did. And now you’ll be rewarded for your hard work, preparation and patience. In the best case, this never would have happened to begin with, but since you’ve been wronged, it’s only right for you to be compensated, in both justice served and a heftier bank account.

Did you like this article? Learn more about the medical malpractice lawsuit process with our medical malpractice lawsuit guide!

5 Myths About Medical Malpractice Attorneys & Lawsuits

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.

 

200% Rise In Medical Errors? [Doctors Are Burning Out & Hiding Medical Mistakes]

What’s the main cause of medical errors?

And how often do doctors make those mistakes?

Do doctors actually hide their mistakes?

These are not easy nuts to crack.

Let’s touch on medical errors —

Some say most medical errors are caused by communication problems. Others say workflow issues, or incorrect patient records or technical failures.

But these are leaf and branch issues — we need to dig to the root of the problem.

In this article, we’ll look into:

► How burnout may increase medical errors by 200%

► The main reasons for doctor burnout

► How often doctors make mistakes

► Whether or not doctors hide or gloss over medical mistakes

This subtle killer has officially claimed the bronze medal for taking the most lives in the US.

Ranking behind only heart disease and cancer itself, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of deaths in the US.

Why?

That’s the million dollar question. One of the most likely culprits is (perhaps not too surprisingly) burnout.

Doctors Are Burning Out More Than Ever

Let’s cover 3 things really quick. First, money. Money holds a lot of sway over the mind, and doctors are far from immune. Most doctors are plagued with medical school debt up to their ears, typically around $200,000 worth, but some pushing North of half a million.

This debt takes most doctors 10 to 30 years to pay off. That’s stressful.

Next up, hours worked. The average doctor works roughly 60 hours, or 1 1/2 times more than the average American. Also stressful.

Last up is suicide. Or more accurately, the work environment that leads to it. The sad truth is, doctors are twice as likely to commit suicide than everyone else in the US. On average, 1 doctor commits suicide every day in the US.

The sum of these problems, in a word — burnout.

According to a recent study on burnout and malpractice, doctors who report signs of burning out are twice as likely to make medical errors.

And that’s just the start.

Here’s a few stats to get you thinking:

► An increasing number of doctors say they’re clinically depressed, or show clear symptoms of depression.

► 9 out of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession.

► Worst of all, nearly half of doctors report that they’re burned out (42%).*

That places patients in a tipsy boat threatening to capsize into an ocean of physical, emotional and financial turmoil.

That is, the risk of becoming a victim of medical negligence is high. And unless patients are aware and able to do something about it, they’ll suffer quietly with no justice, physically, emotionally, and financially.

Medical Errors: How Often Do Doctors Make Mistakes?

How many mistakes do doctors make each year? How often do doctors make mistakes?

While this is impossible to know completely, the numbers we do have point to a severe problem:

► More than 1 out of 10 patients are harmed over the course of their medical care. *

► Medical errors result in 250,000 deaths each year. *

► More than 7 out of 10 doctors say they’d admit little or nothing if they made a medical error, and most say they wouldn’t even apologize. *

That means we’ll never know precisely how often doctors make mistakes, because many if not most of them will hide it if they can.

Or best case, “admit little.”

Don’t Blindly Trust Doctors Who May Be Hiding Medical Errors

Now, our medical system is flawed, but hey, what system isn’t? The main takeaway here isn’t that humans create flawed systems. We all get that, much more than we’d like to. No, the point is that you, the patient (or parent or child or other relative of the patient), need to be aware of this.

Many doctors hide mistakes. And too many patients trust them blindly.

For all of the people who stand up for themselves when they feel mistreated, there’s countless others who don’t. And a big reason why they don’t is because medical professionals are seen, by many if not most, as the authority on the subject.

Many people never even realize they’ve become victims of malpractice because they trust authority to a fault.

They believe in a broken system brimming with stressed, over-worked, depressed and likely medicated individuals who make mistakes and oftentimes, refuse to admit it.

And the consequence? These patients suffer with no justice or recompense. Or worse still, their powerless, innocent child does.

Don’t let that be you.

Be Aware Of Medical Errors To Protect Yourself & Your Family 

So. Our medical system is flawed. Our doctors are human. When you take into consideration the mountains of debt on their shoulders, the sheer volume of hours they work, and the piddly wages (compared to the debt) they earn, it’s easy to feel for them.

As Americans, we can easily sympathize with work hours that would make many countries dry heave at the thought, wages lower than we think we deserve and larger than life personal debts.

But we can, perhaps even more so, empathize with the need for justice. We all make mistakes and we all must take responsibility for those mistakes. And the bigger the error, the bigger we pay.

Doctors, like the rest of us, should be held accountable. If they make a medical error, they should receive a fair punishment that fits the crime. And on the other side of that coin, the patient should be fairly compensated.

If you’ve been mistreated by the medical system — even if it is by a doctor or medical professional who probably otherwise means well — You. Are. Owed. Plain and simple.

Take action and receive proper compensation.

It may not be a fair trade, but it’s something. Justice, or near it.

 

Find & Choose the Best Birth Injury Attorney

How to Find an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney

Mother looks down at newborn baby, as baby grasps a strand of her hair.

There’s no two ways about it — birth injuries can be incredibly difficult.

The emotional heartache parents experience is horrendous, let alone the physical and financial difficulties they face.

They’re slung without warning into a harsh world where they’re forced to make tough medical and financial decisions that can drain the life out of even the strongest people, when all they dream of is welcoming a happy and healthy baby home.

If you’re in this position, know this. You may have specific rights and options that you’re unaware of. Injuries like Cerebral Palsy, Neonatal Encephalopathy, and Kernicterus can be avoidable, and medical professionals should always treat them with the utmost care and caution to avoid further complications.

If you or your child have experienced any type of negligence in the hands of medical professionals, we encourage you to get a hold of an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible. This is how.
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Wrongful Death Guide: Proof, Compensation, the Attorney & More

What No Family Should Experience

Every day in the Houston area, children run and tumble on school playgrounds. Recess is a time for kids to be kids. Releasing their pent up energy, kicking around a ball or two, or maybe even playing make believe. Every once in a while though, things get out of hand and accidents occur. Most of the time it’s a minor scrape or cut. At times though, things such as a broken bone or more serious injury occur. A recess romp rarely turns into a fatal accident, but occasionally the unthinkable occurs.

Last spring at John W. Carpenter elementary school, a 6-year-old boy from Dallas collided with a playground pole. His parents took him to the hospital. While there hospital staff performed x-rays and diagnosed him with constipation. They said it was okay to go home.  Several hours later, the boy lost consciousness. His parents called 911, but the boy died before the ambulance could even arrive at the hospital.

Was there a medical mistake or a misdiagnosis of a fatal condition? According to the family, the negligence that took place was deliberate. The hospital, however, denies this accusation. The family claims that the hospital staff misused an enema and tried to cover up the internal damage that was caused.

No parent wants to ponder the idea of wrongful death amidst tragedy, but legal action is one way that parents can hold negligent professionals accountable. In hospitals, misdiagnosis errors can come about in many ways, from rushed lab work to bad communication between staff. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can find the source of negligence in a misdiagnosis incident. They help families in moving forward in the process.

Staggering Statistics

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According to a new study published in the BMJ — formerly the British Medical Journal — researchers have discovered that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States*, trailing only heart disease and cancer.

Based on the results of the study, medical errors result in the wrongful death of roughly 251,000 people each year. That is over 100,000 more than the next highest leading causes of death, respiratory disease (147,000), accidents (136,000), and stroke (133,000).

These statistics are alarming. The 250,000 death-toll number means that about 700 deaths occur each day— which is 9.5% of all annual deaths in the nation. Did you know that The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t have any standards in place that require medical professionals to specify medical errors that may have contributed to a patient’s cause of death? Things need to change.

*The study was led by Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, whose investigation included communication breakdowns, system errors, surgical errors, emergency room errors, medication errors, anesthesia errors, and more. The study also includes medical “never events.”  Events where staff operate on the wrong person, perform surgery on the the wrong body part, or even leave a foreign object in a patient, after surgery.

Who can speak for victims most effectively in a wrongful death?

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Families of a deceased victim often present a strong voice for their loved one’s interests, but holding the guilty staff member or hospital accountable can be difficult.

Medical malpractice lawsuits require experts in the medical field. These professionals can confirm whether you have a case or not.  Even the smallest  details can be the difference between getting compensation or not.

In addition, medically-related lawsuits are often against relatively powerful opponents, such as hospitals, medical device manufacturers, or respected physicians. With several decades of experience going up against these tough adversaries in court, the law firm of Hampton & King repeatedly fights and wins – to hold those guilty, accountable for wrongful deaths. Our firm has handled countless types of medical negligence cases over the years, from fatal diagnostic errors to deadly surgical mistakes. This wide range of cases has given the attorneys at our firm the winning edge.  Successfully advocating for a victim’s interests in court, and seeking justice.

Following the loss of a loved one in a medical sitting, it can be hard to consider legal action. Still, getting the right information about the available options after a fatal accident is often a necessary and helpful step.

What we need to prove in a wrongful death suit?

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When families experience the loss of a loved one in a medical sitting, countless questions are likely to arise if wrongful death is suspected.

There are several key components that add up to a wrongful death. First, we figure out if the reason for death was another person’s negligence, or something else. In healthcare, this can be very complex. Especially if the deceased had existing health conditions or if they have had numerous treatments by medical professionals.  Frequently, expert opinions from those with proven medical knowledge must be introduced in order to explain the cause of death.

Another crucial element is the damage of death inflicted on family members. Of course, the death of a loved one is always emotionally traumatic, there’s no question about that. But there’s often financial damages, and other damages as well. If the deceased was a wage-earner, for example, that person’s death can throw a family’s financial situation into turmoil. All harm must be considered.

While these important factors must be met in order to bring forth a wrongful
death suit, there are countless aspects of successful lawsuits. In addition to the complex nature of wrongful death suits, there also are important deadlines for filing such suits; a Houston medical malpractice attorney can help a family understand the timeline for their case.

At Hampton & King, we know the devastation that medical errors causes victims and their families. It is important to have dedicated and committed representation on their side.  To help hold health care providers accountable for their actions. Call our Houston medical malpractice attorneys and discuss your potential claim with our devoted team today. We may be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve and obtain justice on your behalf.