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Are You or a Loved One Suffering Because of Medical Malpractice?
If you believe you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, contact Dunk Law Firm. These cases are often hard. If you wish to prevail in your claim, it is vitally important to consult with lawyers who have the necessary experience. The Galveston Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Dunk Law Firm, have many years of experience handling personal injury claims. They are here to help determine if you have a case.
Lots of people have heard of medical malpractice. You might often associate it with very severe mistakes in medical treatment. For example, conducting an invasive surgical operation on the wrong patient. However, medical malpractice happens in several less extreme forms. Further, a Galveston medical malpractice lawyer understands the outcomes can be just as damaging or even fatal.
What Are Typical Kinds of Medical Malpractice?
Avoidable medical care errors can constitute a strong case for medical malpractice. These claims might result not only from a surgical mistake. It could be mistakes committed by nurses, physicians, and various other caregivers. Many of the most prevalent medical malpractice claims come from the following kinds of errors:
This can take the form of:
These are instances where a physician fails to properly diagnose a problem, resulting in a delay in treatment. This can thereby cause an injury that could have been avoided or minimized. This can also be a doctor failing to perform necessary or adequate diagnostic tests or procedures, or misdiagnosing a problem.
This occurs where a patient under the care of a hospital is not monitored adequately. The lack of supervision can lead to a failure to give sufficient and/or proper care.
A delay in treating a known condition causes a more serious condition.
Failure to obtain informed consent
As it indicates, this includes injuries caused by procedures in which the care provider fails to:
Lack of adequate training or skill or appropriate credentialing
This claim occurs when a patient suffers an injury from a medical procedure and the medical provider should not have been conducting because of lack of training or experience.
Birth injuries and obstetric malpractice
This includes situations in which actions or lack of actions during delivery result in long-term injury to the child or mother.
These cases involve injuries because of a surgeon that took unnecessary or incorrect measures which resulted in injury. Or, if there is a failure to conduct the procedure with the care or skill sufficient to satisfy acceptable standards.
A lot of medical procedures rely upon the proper functioning of medical equipment. Failures of equipment due to poor maintenance, calibration, or operation can result in significant injuries. These are injuries that would not occur when equipment is functioning properly.
Insufficient monitoring or follow-up treatment
A lot of possible complications or negative results from a treatment or procedure-- even if performed correctly-- may not show up until later. A case for insufficient surveillance occurs when medical professionals fail to look for known potential adverse effects or consequences.
Lack of teamwork or communication
Frequently, patients are under the care of several providers. They could be treated with primary care doctors, specialists, nurse practitioners, and so on. Even in the operating room, teams of surgeons and nurses are all responsible for different parts of patient care. If there is a failure to communicate a major piece of information between the numerous individuals in the course of care, serious injuries can develop. For example, a physician that fails to note a medication allergy to a nurse that does not report a patient in distress.
Contact a medical malpractice attorney in Galveston if you think any of the above is the source of a severe injury or death.
How to Make a Claim for Galveston Medical Malpractice?
As detailed above, medical malpractice can take several forms. At the same time, medical malpractice comprises a specific type of negligence claim. In medical malpractice cases, a claimant alleges that a healthcare provider-- which can include not only doctors and surgeons, but dentists, therapists, nurses, or individuals working under the supervision of these professionals-- either acted or failed to act in a way that fell below the accepted standard of practice or care in the applicable medical community. Further, this act or omission results in the injury or fatality of the patient.
However, even when somebody has suffered a major injury as a result of a medical procedure, verifying that you have a valid malpractice claim is not an easy task. Medicine is not a perfect science. Even when everything is done right, things can go wrong.
Most medical malpractice cases, over 95%, resolve before they go to court. In many of these claims, the parties settle. For instance, when the doctor or medical facility thinks that the case for negligence is relatively clear.
Yet in over half of the claims on file, the defendants will have the ability to dismiss a case for one reason or another. One problem is that almost all of the proof lies in the hands and minds of the doctors and healthcare facilities who are defending the cases. Finally, for those medical malpractice cases that do go to trial, plaintiffs win just about one-third of the time.
Should You Contact a Galveston Medical Malpractice Attorney?
If you sustain injuries because of insufficient or faulty care, or someone you love has severe injuries or dies due to the errors of a medical professional, contact Dunk Law Firm for a free consultation. Call (888) 744-5642 or simply use our online case evaluation form right here on this website. Don't forget, at Dunk Law Firm, you pay no lawyer's fee unless you win your case.