Malpractice Cases in Temple, Waco and Killeen
Patients put their health into the hands of physicians. When something goes wrong as a result of the medical staff’s negligence, it can cause further injury and even wrongful death. Medical professionals have a responsibility to carefully execute a case and perform a diligent surgery or procedure. If you are in a situation that demands the attention of a medical malpractice attorney who performs medical malpractice cases, we advise that you take the step to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.
Common Medical Malpractice Cases & Never Events
According to the National Quality Forum, there are 28 malpractice events that are listed as “never events.” This means that there is no excuse for them ever occurring. Various types of surgical errors are included on this list, such as foreign body retention (leaving a medical device inside a patient), patient death after a low-risk surgery and wrong site surgery. Although there are intricate guidelines for surgical safety, surgical errors still occur. According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are about 4,000 surgical mistakes annually in the United States.
Failure to diagnose is also a common type of medical malpractice. Diagnostic error is one of the primary reasons for patient death and injury. While some medical conditions are difficult to diagnose by nature, other diagnosis failures are caused directly by the oversight and negligence of physicians. Without the proper treatment, a medical condition can worsen if not diagnosed or diagnosed properly. The medical malpractice attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm also passionately represent birth injury victims. The term birth injuries can refer to an injury suffered by the mother or her infant during the process of labor. While many cases of birth injuries are common complications, some are the result of blatant medical negligence. Common birth injuries include brachial palsy, brain injuries and fractures.
We also represent clients dealing with cases such as:
- Brain Injuries
- Dental Malpractice
- Military Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence
At The Carlson Law Firm, we are ready to meet with you for an initial complimentary consultation to discuss your situation. You are likely entitled to a substantial amount of compensation for your injuries or family member’s death. It is only natural to become very frustrated when you are not properly looked after because you expect your medical treatment to be of high quality and performed with diligence. Even when it comes to simple errors, serious damage could result and lead to injuries or illnesses that last a lifetime. Our firm can help you seek the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Your doctor has a professional obligation to uphold to you, the patient. As your primary caregiver, surgeon, specialist or even your pharmacist, that professional has a duty to care for you in a way that serves your best health interests. A breach of that duty to care is the foundation for all medical malpractice lawsuits. The basic elements of every medical malpractice claim can be broken down as such:
- An established duty: Your physician owed you a duty of care or treatment.
- A breach of that duty: Your physician failed to perform at a level consistent with the current medical standards.
- The breach of care resulted in injury: Your physician’s lack of adherence to medical standards directly led to your injury or illness.
- The injury or illness resulted in emotional or physical damage. Without actual evidence of damage, a medical malpractice claim cannot stand.
Defending Your Rights as a Patient
We understand medical malpractice. We have dealt with severe anesthesia negligence and surgical error cases and understand the pain that is experienced in such circumstances. These are all serious injuries that demand the attention of a skilled Texas medical malpractice lawyer from our firm, so call today to schedule an appointment at one of our many offices located throughout Texas in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Laredo and other areas as well.