Since the 1960s, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of medical malpractice claims filed in the United States. As community hospitals fade into the shadows of large corporate systems, medical practitioners are ultimately failing to provide patients with effective treatment programs and a reasonable level of care. Because hospitals are critically understaffed, overworked medical staffers are encouraged to cycle through patients as quickly as possible. Rather than focusing on the needs of their patients, American hospitals are running as for-profit institutions.
Unfortunately, when you’re seriously ill or injured, these medical facilities can be your only hope of survival. But when medical staffers lack the time and resources to effectively treat their patients, it frequently leads to preventable medical conditions, exacerbated symptoms, and even death.
According to a study completed by John Hopkins, over 250,000 Americans are killed by negligent medical practitioners each year. Surprisingly, only 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed annually. If you’ve been injured by the negligence of a medical practitioner, contact the El Paso medical malpractice lawyers at Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC. By investigating your case and working with renowned medical experts, we can develop an aggressive and effective litigation strategy that maximizes your claim and safeguards your quality of life.
Contact our El Paso medical malpractice attorneys at (915) 206-5154 to learn how we can represent your case.
What Constitutes a Medical Malpractice Case?
You may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim if the actions, errors, or omissions of a medical professional caused you harm. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we can guide you through each step of this complicated process and help you recover damages that facilitate your physical and financial recovery. These cases can be difficult to litigate because hospitals are willing to fight tooth and nail just to save face in the greater medical community. By collecting evidence and completing the expert report, we can prove the negligent party breached the standard of care by causing or contributing to your condition. If your lawsuit is successful, you may be awarded both economic and non-economic damages.
Acts of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to treat a condition
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Anesthesia injuries
- Post-surgical infections
- Birth injuries
- Lack of informed consent
Per the statute of limitations in Texas, a plaintiff has two years to file their medical malpractice claim. However, there are nuances and exceptions to this law, so it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.
For example, this countdown can start:
- The date of your injury
- The date the injury should have reasonably been discovered
- At the end of an ongoing treatment program
If you’re planning to file a claim, it’s also important to keep Texas’ “statute of repose” in mind. According to this law, any medical malpractice case—regardless of your unique circumstances—must be brought to court within ten years of the negligent act.
Explore Your Legal Options with a Dedicated Legal Representative Today
If you’re ready to take legal action against a negligent medical practitioner, look no further than the Houston medical malpractice lawyers at Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC. We can meticulously research the practitioner’s career history and negotiate with cunning insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, we can also litigate for your best interests in court to ensure that you’re awarded a beneficial settlement or verdict.
Contact Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC at (915) 206-5154 to schedule a free consultation.