Many people are a little nervous when they go to a doctor, but they rarely expect the doctor to make a mistake that makes their condition worse. When a medical professional is negligent and causes more pain and injury to a patient, they may be committing malpractice. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you can hold them accountable. A Dallas, TX medical malpractice lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm believes in fighting for your rights when they’ve been violated. You deserve justice.
Our experienced attorneys will seek full and fair compensation on your behalf. We’ll handle communications with the hospital, insurance company, or any other party involved with your case. While we’re taking care of your legal matters, you’re able to put your efforts into your recovery with peace of mind that we’re protecting your rights.
What Medical Providers Can Commit Medical Malpractice?
Your care could transfer between multiple health providers if you’re in the hospital or undergoing treatment. But it only takes one error to cause potentially life-changing injuries. The following types of providers could commit malpractice:
- Physical Therapists
You may not be sure who exactly caused your injuries and damages. That’s where a Dallas, TX medical malpractice lawyer can help. When we’re investigating your case, we’ll know who was in charge of your care, how they treated you, and how you responded to the treatment. If there was one negligent doctor when you were in the care of more than one, we’ll find out who they are and help you hold them accountable.
Why Do Medical Errors Happen in Texas?
You’re likely used to trusting medical professionals. You expect them to analyze your symptoms, diagnose what’s wrong, and then start providing you with treatment so you can get healthy. Some of those reasons could be:
- Lack of Information. Sometimes, patients are transferred between facilities. When someone is changing the facility or another kind of care transfer is occurring, there needs to be updated and accurate information about their treatment so the new facility can treat them appropriately. If this isn’t in place, then they may treat the patient with outdated information.
- Poor Communication. Even if a patient is staying in one place, doctors and nurses have shifts. There could be a few people who are regularly in charge of a patient’s care. If they don’t communicate or update the patient’s chart, then medical errors could occur.
- Exhaustion. In some cases, an individual could be working multiple shifts. If they’re working while fatigued, they could make a mistake that puts the patient’s life in danger.
- Medical Equipment Failure. Equipment is necessary for procedures, monitoring a patient’s vitals, and sometimes specific equipment is necessary to help keep a patient alive. If a medical device fails or malfunctions, the patient could suffer injuries.
When these mistakes happen, patients may have injuries from not receiving oxygen or not getting the medication they need. This can result in extended hospital time, more care, and losing time to catch and treat an ailment early. These reasons are preventable and shouldn’t have happened. Your Dallas, TX medical malpractice lawyer will show that what happened was unacceptable and you have suffered preventable injuries because of the mistake.
What Are the Types of Medical Malpractice?
While certain complications and issues can arise when someone needs medical care, there are times when the medical provider caused them. Med mal can range from one visit with a doctor to someone receiving continued care. Our lawyers are familiar with the common types of medical errors. One of the following may have happened to you:
- Birth Injuries. When negligent doctors or nurses make a mistake during the delivery or post-delivery care, the baby can suffer birth injuries that can affect them for the rest of their life. They could have conditions like cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy.
- Surgical Malpractice. A surgeon could operate on the wrong patient or leave tools in the person’s body. Sometimes, wrong-site surgery can occur, when they operate on the wrong limb.
- Misdiagnosis. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions are cancer, neurological problems, cardio issues, and surgical mistakes and post-op mistakes.
- Failure to Diagnose. In some cases, your doctor may fail to recognize symptoms or misread tests that would lead them to a diagnosis where another doctor would have. This can also lead to a delay in treatment and allow the condition to progress and worsen.
- Hospital Errors. If the hospital has poor management systems, they could make mistakes with patient information that could lead to a mistake.
- Medication Errors. A nurse could give a patient the wrong dose of medication or the wrong medication. These errors could cause an allergic reaction and other health complications.
- Emergency Room Errors. Medical professionals working in emergency rooms need to be able to recognize when people need immediate help. They could be showing early symptoms of a heart issue. If they don’t get medical treatment, they may suffer a heart attack.
If you were hurt after receiving treatment from a doctor, you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. A medical malpractice lawyer in Dallas can determine if a medical professional committed malpractice and what their mistake cost you in injuries and losses.
How Can a Dallas, TX Medical Malpractice Lawyer Fight for You?
When you’re holding a medical provider responsible for malpractice, a Dallas, TX medical malpractice lawyer can help you through the complex process. Determining who was at fault for your injuries can be challenging. If a doctor gave you the wrong medication, then you may think that you’ll hold the hospital accountable for the doctor’s actions.
However, the hospital could claim the doctor isn’t an employee and is an independent contractor. They may say that because of this, they cannot be sued. These kinds of cases quickly become complicated and an experience med mal lawyer will help figure out the medical provider’s employment status and if you were informed if they weren’t a hospital employee.
In addition to navigating the difficulties of bringing a med mal claim forward, your lawyer will also build a strong case to give you the best chance of having a successful outcome. Medical malpractice cases need evidence to show the following:
- The medical professional agreed to treat you.
- They didn’t treat you within the standard of care.
- You were hurt because of their actions.
- You suffered injuries and other losses.
As we consult medical records and you tell us how the injuries have affected your life, we’ll also work with expert witnesses. They can provide insight into how the medical professional failed to act competently when they treated you.
After we’ve established that you were a victim of malpractice, we’ll show how you were hurt. This includes the injuries you sustained because of the error and the ways the error affected you financially and emotionally. We’ll seek compensation that covers:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Income/Diminished Earning Capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Mental Anguish
You deserve compensation that will allow you to take time for your treatment. Recovering from a medical error can be expensive and could prevent you from working or keeping up with your other regular activities for weeks, months, or longer. We’ll always seek the best outcome for you.
Contact Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm Today
Medical malpractice is a complex area of personal injury law. You’ll want to get in touch with our law firm as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can start fighting for you.
You need representation who will always act in your best interests. Our lawyers are familiar with medical malpractice law and how these cases need strong evidence for a favorable result. If necessary, we’re ready to take your case to court if that gives you the best chance of getting a fair outcome. We can take the steps together to getting you the justice you deserve.