Houston Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Injured While Seeking Medical Care?
At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, our Houston medical malpractice lawyers and support staff provide the critical legal resources our fellow Texans need to pursue results after being injured by a healthcare provider.
While no one expects to leave a medical facility more injured than when they arrived, medical errors occur more than most people think. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are thought to be the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for approximately 250,000 fatalities each year.
Medical malpractice cases are inherently complex, as there may be more than one healthcare provider — or the medical facility itself — that can be held liable for our clients’ injuries or the loss of their loved ones.
Since 2003, we have dedicated our practice to producing real results for real people whose lives have been impacted by negligence, and medical malpractice cases are no different. We are prepared to fight for each of our client’s full financial recovery needs, so they can pursue the proper legal remedy and keep these life-changing errors from happening to other patients.
Our skilled legal staff offers services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin because we believe in inclusion, fairness, and justice. It is only possible to successfully represent the people in our communities when we can successfully represent all people.
Contact our Houston medical malpractice lawyer today to learn more about our commitment to delivering results.
What are the Major Factors in Medical Malpractice Claims in Houston, Texas?
Medical malpractice can happen anywhere patients are seeking healthcare solutions. Whether it is an emergency room, surgery center, or private doctor’s office, when negligence is a factor, patients are going to get hurt.
Some of the major factors that lead to medical malpractice claims in Harris County include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis
- Contamination And Hospital-Acquired Infections
- Anesthesia Errors
- Failure to Order Proper Testing
- Birth Injuries
- Emergency Room Negligence
- Improper Medication or Dosage
- Failure to Recognize Symptoms
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Misreading or Ignoring Laboratory Results
- Medical Product Liability, including Prescription Medications
- Not Taking an Appropriate Patient History
- Poor Follow-Up or Aftercare
- Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
- Premature Discharge
- Surgical Errors or Wrong Site Surgery
- Retained Surgical Instruments
- Unnecessary Surgery
If you have been injured while seeking medical care, or have lost a loved one during a procedure, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim in Texas. Contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Houston today to discuss your case and learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the liable party, or combination of parties, for your complete damages.
At Hollingsworth Law Firm, Our Houston Personal Injury Attorney Also Focuses on the Following Practice Areas:
- Airplane Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Industrial Injury
- Offshore & Maritime Injury
- Oil Rig Explosions
- Pedestrian Accident
- Plant & Refinery Accidents
- Product Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Truck & 18 Wheeler Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Baytown Refinery Accident
Which Healthcare Providers Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice Injuries and Fatalities in Texas?
To pursue a medical malpractice claim in Texas, we must first establish that there was a physician-patient relationship that required a duty of care.
Then we must prove that duty of care was breached and led to our client’s injuries, which resulted in damages.
Damages may include significant medical expenses, lost wages from the inability to work, and any extensive pain and suffering that was suffered because of medical malpractice.
Once the facts are in place, we will apply them to the legal standards that allow us to connect the negligent party to our client’s injuries.
That may include:
- Medical support staff
- Plastic Surgeons
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Hospitals, medical facilities, and surgical centers
In some cases, incompetent staff or negligent hiring practices can lead to medical malpractice injuries, which may point back to the medical facility’s administrators. Our skilled Houston medical malpractice attorneys will investigate each claim to ensure all potentially liable parties are included in our claim, so our clients can pursue the best outcome for their unique circumstances.
What Type of Financial Recovery Can I Pursue During a Texas Medical Malpractice Claim?
The state of Texas medical malpractice recovery laws caps the noneconomic damages that can be recovered during a legal claim. Noneconomic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Noneconomic damages are capped at:
- $250,000 cap per claimant on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases against a physician or health care provider.
- $250,000 cap per claimant on non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases against a single health care institution.
- $500,000 in noneconomic damages for each claimant in cases against multiple health care institutions.
Texas does not cap economic damages, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of past and future wages
- Loss of wage-earning capacity
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, we are dedicated to pursuing actual results for our clients’ economic and non-economic damages inside and outside the courtroom.
Our law firm founder, Steve Hollingworth, has been the lead attorney in over 50 jury trials as lead counsel in over a dozen different Texas counties. Should your case go to trial, we will be ready to aggressively pursue the positive outcome you deserve in front of a judge and/or jury.
The insurance company will value a case more if they know the firm is willing to go to trial. At the Hollingworth Law Firm, we are more than willing — we remain trial ready.
Tell us how we can help you pursue the best outcome for your Texas medical malpractice claim.
Contact Our Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Houston, Texas Today
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life to negligence while undergoing medical care, contact our dedicated Houston medical malpractice lawyers at the Hollingsworth Law Firm today by calling 713-637-4560 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Our skilled Houston medical malpractice lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout the state of Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Houston, Texas
How Will I Know If Medical Malpractice Occurred?
If you have suffered a negative outcome during a medical procedure, it may not rise to the level of medical malpractice. However, if negligence was a factor during your procedure, and you were injured because of it, you may have a claim. The legal obligation is to prove that the medical care provider did not administer the same standard of care another physician in the same role would have provided under the same circumstances.
Our dedicated Houston medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine whether your case meets the necessary legal threshold to pursue a claim.
How Can I Report Medical Malpractice?
If you have suffered an injury caused by a breach of the standard of care by a medical professional, report the circumstance to the Texas Medical Board. If you would like to pursue a civil legal claim against the negligent medical provider, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and options to move forward.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Texas?
In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. This means that a medical malpractice suit must be filed no later than two years after the negligent act or omission occurred.
How Long Will My Medical Malpractice Case Take to Produce Results?
The short answer is, it depends on the circumstances of your unique case. Once the investigation is completed, the findings will be submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance provider. The insurance representative and legal advisers will respond to the claim with their findings, and negotiations will begin. If negotiations break down at any time, and we believe justice will be better served inside the courtroom, we will take your case to trial, which will extend the length of the outcome.
Will My Medical Malpractice Case Go to Trial?
Most personal injury cases, including those involving medical malpractice, are settled outside of the courtroom. However, our skilled medical malpractice attorney prepare every case as if it is going to trial, so we are ready for what comes next. The insurance company will value a case more if they know the firm is willing to go to trial.