How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When medical professionals make mistakes that harm you or someone you love, filing a medical malpractice case can be the best way to:
- Fight back and hold the negligent parties accountable
- Protect your rights to compensation for the injuries, harm and losses sustained
- Secure some justice.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our Midland lawyers have nearly three decades of experience representing injured people and their families in medical malpractice cases — including those related to open and laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Tenacious, skilled and aggressive, our attorneys can help you:
- Determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim
- Understand all of the available legal remedies (based on your situation)
- Craft a strong case, advocate your rights and maximize your financial recovery.
Though no sum of money can ever erase the mistakes that harmed you, pursuing a medical malpractice case can be integral to securing some essential financial support, as well as a sense of justice. And having the exceptional representation of our lawyers along the way can make all of the difference in the strength of your case – as well as its outcome, your recovery and your future.
Signs You May Have a Medical Malpractice Case
- Your health has deteriorated after your gallbladder removal or other surgery.
- Your surgeon and/or other medical professionals have failed to meet with you for post-operative checkups.
- You have had to undergo at least one follow-up or corrective surgery after having your gallbladder removed.
- You have permanent impairments or health problems as a result of your gallbladder removal surgery.
How to Get Your Medical Malpractice Case Started: 4 Steps
Gallbladder surgery patients who have been victimized by any form of medical negligence can take the following actions to get a case started:
- Record all of the details of what occurred – Write down a detailed account of the events that occurred leading up to, during and following your surgery (or any other malpractice-related event). Try to include as many specifics as possible regarding dates, names and the action(s) that occurred at each point. These details may be difficult to remember later (like months or years down the line), so it’s important to document while the incident(s) is still fresh on your mind.
- Compile the essential documents that are available – This can include any reports, test results, records, correspondence, bills, etc. from medical professionals, hospitals, and even insurance companies. After gathering all of the documents you have related to the malpractice-event, it can be very helpful to:
- Make copies of these documents (in case anything happens to the originals)
- Create electronic backup files so there’s digital backup (that can be easily accessible at any point or location in the future).
- Do NOT make any official or recorded statements– If you start getting calls from insurance companies (or medical professionals or facilities involved in the incident), do NOT agree to make an official or recorded statement. The information you provide in these statements can be used against you later (to try to subvert your claim and deny you compensation). So, the best thing to do is to avoid this altogether and move on to the next step…
- Meet with an attorney ASAP – This is the single most important step to take when preparing to move forward with a medical malpractice case (especially if you are unable to take any of the above steps). By meeting with a lawyer, you can discover more about your possible case, your rights and the best steps to take as you proceed in order to obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Take the Next Step Now: Contact a Midland Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured during or after gallbladder surgery, it’s time to contact an experienced Midland medical malpractice lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm. Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to set up a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, you can find out more about your rights, your possible case, and your recovery options.
This information can help you make the right decisions — and take the proper steps — to protect and support yourself and your family as you move forward.
From offices based in Midland, our skilled lawyers provide superior service to injured people throughout Midland County, the state of Texas, the state of New Mexico, and the U.S.