El Paso Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Serving El Paso, TX
Plainly put, medical malpractice is when a preventable error made by a health care professional and/or facility causes harm to a patient that leads to injury or death. Many of these cases involve medical error, misdiagnosis and error in medicine dosage. No person should have to incur injury due to preventable medical mistakes. Over the years, our firm has seen medical errors that have caused a person’s death. If you or someone in your family has been killed or injured due to this type of negligence, contact El Paso Medical Malpractice Lawyer Joe Lopez for a free consultation.
According to the nonprofit organization Leapfrog Group, medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in America. This is startling and according to Journal of Patient Safety, up to 440,000 people die yearly due to preventable errors in medical facilities. Hospitals are meant to be a place where one can have the serenity to heal. If someone is immensely ill or hurt, we expect our expertly trained medical professionals to provide competent care.
The main causes of medical malpractice are delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose, anesthesia dosing errors, surgical errors, hospital infections, postoperative infections, medication errors, injuries to children at birth and injuries to the mother while giving birth and many others. Injuries and death related to diagnosis allot for 33% of the accusations for medical malpractice in 2012. Not too far behind were surgery related injuries and deaths which made up for 24% of medical malpractice allegations. The highest percentage of malpractice claims were related to diagnosis failure, comprising 20% of all payouts.
Medical Malpractice Laws In Texas
Similar to personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases are governed by a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the length of time someone has to file a lawsuit against another party. The law in Texas states a person must file a lawsuit within 2 years after the malpractice incident occurred. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the exact date it occurred and therefore the statute of limitations is set after the completion of treatment or hospital discharge. Since there are time constraints for these cases, it’s important to consult and El Paso Medical Malpractice Attorney right away.
In all cases of these types, we ask for money to reimburse you for your damages. Damages are monetary awards given to compensate you for your injuries. These are economic damages to reimburse you for things such as past and future medical expenses and lost wages from work. There are also non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. House Bill 4 was passed in 2003 which led to a limit on what patients can recover from the negligence of a doctor or hospital. $250,000 is the most one can receive from non-economic damages from a doctor or other healthcare provider. The same limit is placed on what you can receive from a hospital.
Why Do You Need an El Paso Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
When a hospital, doctor or another healthcare professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient, you need to seek the knowledge of an El Paso Medical Malpractice Lawyer right away. Joe Lopez has the experience to guide you through the laws that pertain to this practice area and he will fight for you all the way until the end. Contact El Paso personal injury attorney, Joe Lopez today, (915) 243-1411.