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Perhaps you or a loved one has been a victim of a negligent doctor. You may be feeling confused, taken advantage of and angry. You are probably asking yourself, “How could a practicing doctor do this to me? How did he not see this coming?”
If you have been a victim of negligence from a health care provider, you could potentially have a medical malpractice lawsuit. To determine if you may have a medical malpractice claim, you must first understand what a medical malpractice claim is.
Generally, a successful medical malpractice claim consists of four elements:
If your situation includes these four elements, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Dallas medical malpractice attorney at Guajardo & Marks can get you the compensation you deserve.
These are some of the most common and harmful types of medical malpractice, but there are several other examples. Medical malpractice may also include anesthesia errors, cosmetic surgery errors, chiropractor injuries, dental malpractice, nursing home abuse, emergency room errors and defective medical devices.
Doctors and nurses make mistakes for many of the same reasons that everybody else makes mistakes. They may be tired or distracted due to the demands of their job. However, one of the main causes of medical malpractice is miscommunication. As patients see more doctors for testing and treatment, flaws in the ability of health care providers to communicate between team members and departments are surprisingly common.
The amount of compensation paid to a medical malpractice victim varies on a case-by-case basis. When receiving compensation for your claim, you may recover damages due to both economic loss and non-economic loss.
Economic damages include:
Non-economic damages include:
It’s possible that you may not immediately recognize an injury caused by medical malpractice. As soon as you believe that you have suffered a serious injury or illness, you will likely need to receive further medical treatment. Keep copies of all bills and correspondence relating to your injury. It is also important to contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
You and your attorney will discuss your case and figure out a plan. With your consent, your attorney will investigate your case, prepare all necessary paperwork and file a claim. The health care provider, their attorney and possibly their insurance company will likely contest the claim. Both sides will prepare cases to be heard in court. Your attorney will work with you to understand what comes next and what, if anything, is required of you.
In some cases, the matter is settled out of court between the two sides. It is also possible that the matter will not be resolved and the case will go to court. At Guajardo & Marks, we prepare every case as if we will go to trial. It is our experience that it is only after being fully prepared and showing the other side we mean business that we achieve best results for clients.
When seeking a medical malpractice attorney, it is important that you look for someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in these types of complicated lawsuits. The attorney should also have compassion and understanding for what the victim is going through. At Guajardo & Marks, we will fight relentlessly to get you the compensation you deserve. We will also be by your side to answer all your legal questions.
Contact the law offices of Guajardo & Marks to speak with a Dallas medical malpractice lawyer who will fight on your behalf to recover the damages you deserve. We will handle your case with the knowledge, experience and dedication it takes to win. Call 972-774-9800 today for a free case evaluation.