When you’re hurt in a hospital, emergency room, or in a procedure, the medical provider in charge of your care could have make a mistake at great cost to you. Medical negligence can result in severe injuries and serious medical bills. The weight of the mistake and how it’s impacted your life can be overwhelming, but you can seek justice with a Harlingen, TX medical malpractice lawyer.
At Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, we fight for those who have been wrongfully injured. We can fight for you to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys are experienced in medical malpractice cases and will do everything we can to secure your future.
Did You Experience Medical Malpractice?
There are many types of medical malpractice that can severely harm patients and put their lives at risk. It’s possible that one of the following incidents happened to you:
- Missed Diagnosis/Failure to Diagnose. A doctor that should have been able to analyze your symptoms and diagnose you may have misread tests or ignored symptoms and either didn’t realize the health issue or failed to arrive at a diagnosis in a timely manner.
- Misdiagnosis. Sometimes, doctors may look at your symptoms and give you an incorrect diagnosis. You may think you’re treating the problem but you aren’t, allowing the issue to progress or get worse. For example, misdiagnosing someone with cancer when they don’t have it could mean they are unnecessarily going through chemotherapy, which can have major effects on the body.
- Surgical Error. Surgeons can make mistakes like damaging an internal organ, performing the wrong surgery, operating on the wrong limb, or leaving medical tools inside your body. These errors can be painful and require other surgeries to correct the mistake.
- Medication Error. If you didn’t receive medication when you were supposed to, were given medication you were allergic to, or given the wrong dose, then you may have had a dangerous reaction or complication.
- Birth Injury. Mistakes during prenatal care and labor can harm the parent or the baby. These errors can cause lifelong traumatic injuries.
Medical errors can include other instances, too. Our expert medical malpractice lawyers in Harlingen will look at your medical records to identify the source of malpractice.
What Types of Medical Providers Can Be Held Accountable?
When you’ve been hurt when you’re receiving treatment, you may not know exactly where the mistake happened, especially if your care is in the hands of multiple providers. If you’re in the hospital, you may have people rotating in shifts, passing your health information through many hands. When one of those people doesn’t make an update, fails to take note of something, or makes another mistake regarding your care, then you could sustain injuries.
Doctors, nurses, specialists, pharmacists are all capable of being at fault for medical malpractice. If there’s a mistake in your information because the hospital made an error, it can cause injuries and other health complications.
All these medical providers are supposed to meet the standard of care when they’re treating you. That’s to treat you with the level of care that others with the same education and experience would have treated you. If their treatment goes outside of the norm and you’re hurt because of it, then you may have grounds to take legal action.
Your Harlingen, TX medical malpractice lawyer will look into who was in charge of your care and when the mistake occurred. We’ll find the person responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
What Do You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Damages?
As your Harlingen, TX medical malpractice lawyer is fighting for you to get justice, we’ll examine the damages that you suffered. These can be split into economic damages and noneconomic damages. Your economic damages deal with the financial losses of the accident. Medical expenses from past and future care are considered financial losses. Since medical negligence can cost patients extensive bills, getting compensation that covers these bills can be a major relief. You can depend on your lawyer to calculate what you’ll need to get the care you deserve.
Other major financial losses can come from missing work. As you’re recovering, you may not be able to get back to work for a considerable amount of time. Some instances of medical malpractice may prevent you from being able to do your previous job. For example, a construction worker that had an allergic reaction to medicine may have resulted in paralysis. In cases like this, our lawyers will also calculate your loss of earnings or lost earning capacity so you’re able to continue to provide for yourself and your family.
The other aspect of damages have to do with pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In the state of Texas, there is a cap on noneconomic damages at $250,000 per claimant that involves a provider. This cap is set no matter the number of providers in the claim.
You can depend on your med mal lawyers to fight for your full and fair compensation when a provider has failed to meet the medical standard of care. We’ll go through your case to establish how this happened, how it caused your injuries, and how those injuries have affected you.
An important aspect of your case will be expert testimony from a medical expert. They can attest to how the care you received deviated from the medical standard of care, establishing that other doctors in the field would have treated you differently. They may also be able to connect the deviation with your injuries or illness resulted from the care.
Get Representation from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm
Medical errors can cause severe stress and worry about the future for the injured person and their family. When we’re on your side, you can trust that we’re going to advocate for your best interests at every turn. These mistakes weren’t your fault and you deserve to recover without worrying about how you’re going to afford treatment or how you’re going to continue to put food on the table.
To start the process, reach out to our law firm today to speak with a Harlingen, TX medical malpractice lawyer in an obligation-free consultation. We can begin your legal journey together—we’ll go over the medical malpractice process, explain what we’ll need from you, and answer any questions that you have. We’ll work with you so you can recover and be with your family.