Attorney Tommy Hastings

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney Focusing on Medical Negligence Cases in Texas & Arizona

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headshot of Tommy HastingsTommy Hastings is the founder and principal of Hastings Law Firm  He was born and raised in rural Missouri where he learned the values of honest, hard-working people.  He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri before coming to Texas.  He attended the University of Houston Law Center where he graduated with honors.

Upon graduation, Tommy immediately began to represent people who had been injured through the fault of others.  He began his career at a long-established Plaintiff’s firm in Houston obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict just three months after passing the bar exam.  While there, he handled all types of cases involving personal injurymedical malpractice, and products liability.

In 2002, Tommy joined another prominent law firm in Houston where he developed a significant interest in medical malpractice cases.  Over the next few years, he tried numerous cases to a jury involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury, obtained significant settlements for his clients, and handled several appeals.  In 2004, Texas magazine named Tommy as one of the “lawyers on the fast track.”

In 2005, Texas Monthly Magazine selected Tommy as a “Rising Star”. An honor he received again in 2007, 2008 2009, and 2010. In 2010, Tommy was selected for Texas Super Lawyers and every year since then. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates which is one the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 3000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Tommy is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Tommy founded Hastings Law Firm in 2005.  He proudly represents injury victims against large corporations and insurance companies.  He never has and never will represent the powerful against the powerless.  Although he believes a lawyer should always use his head to practice law, he believes that cases are won by the lawyer using his heart.  He does not believe that a lawyer should remain emotionally uninvolved in his client’s case, but instead the lawyer should feel their pain as if it were his own.

Tommy is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationHouston Trial Lawyers AssociationHouston Bar Association, and other local and national organizations. He has authored numerous books on the topic of medical malpractice law and he has lectured on continuing legal education matters to other members of the Texas Bar.

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Tommy Hasting's Past Case Results

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Alvarado v. Patel MD—Negligent Warfarin Monitoring Led to Stroke and Death

Greg Feste and Tommy Hastings tried this medical malpractice case in Harris County. Dr. Patel was treating Mrs. Alvarado for a-fib with Warfarin, an older, relatively inexpensive anticoagulant that requires frequent blood draws to monitor levels. Plaintiffs’ alleged that she was on Warfarin because Dr. Patel failed to complete the insurance paperwork for her to get Xerelto, a newer anticoagulant that doesn’t require monitoring blood levels and frequently adjustments. At trial, experts on both sides admitted that you had to check the PT/INR levels when taking Warfarin but disagreed on at what frequency. The jury unanimously found that Patel’s negligence proximately caused Alvarado’s death. It awarded the trial plaintiffs $684,000. Patil’s liability for noneconomic damages was capped at $250,000 under Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Sturgill V. Murtineni– Untreated Urinary Infection That Led to Acute Sepsis & Death

Greg Feste and Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice trial involving the death of an elderly man. The defendants failed to recognize signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection before it was too late and the patient died from the infection. The nursing home settled before trial for a confidential amount. The case went to trial against Dr. Murtineni who alleged only the nurses were at fault. The jury found negligence assessed 60 percent of the blame on Dr. Murtineni. The jury determined that the plaintiffs’ damages totaled $300,000. Liability for noneconomic damages was capped at $250,000 under Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Birth Injury

Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice case in Houston. The Plaintiff was pregnant with her first child when she went into labor. During labor, her fetal monitor showed signs of distress that were not reported to the physician on call. When the physician was finally notified of the distress, she delayed the c-section for over an hour which caused the baby to go without oxygen before birth. This delay caused the child to have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a brain injury due to oxygen deprivation. The sweet girl was left with several physical and cognitive deficits. The case was settled prior to trial for a confidential amount that provided for her lifelong needs.

Negligent Prescription and Monitoring of Medication

Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice case in Austin. The Plaintiff was temporarily prescribed Amiodarone to regulate her heart rhythm after recovering from a cardiac ablation procedure. The medication was intended to be prescribed for the short term. Unfortunately, the surgeon’s office never told the client to stop taking the medication and continued to refill it by phone for the next three years. Over time, the medication caused the client to develop pulmonary fibrosis, a severe and eventually fatal lung condition. The case was settled prior to trial for an amount that provided for the client’s medical and custodial care needs for several years.

Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice case in Beaumont. The Plaintiff was seen by his primary care physician for a knot on his chest. The primary care physician sent him for an ultrasound, but not a mammogram. The radiologist read the ultrasound as a collection of fact with no concerns for cancer. Five years later, the Plaintiff was diagnosed with Stage 4 male breast cancer. The firm’s investigation determined that the radiologist had misread the ultrasound film and that a tumor should have been diagnosed. Further, the primary care physician should have ordered a mammogram, not an ultrasound as well as examined the area during visits over the next five years. The case was settled shortly before trial and a trust was created for the Plaintiff’s family for their needs. Unfortunately, the Plaintiff succumbed to his cancer months after the settlement. He was able to go with the peace of mind that his family was provided for after his passing.

Roberts v. Kelsey Seybold-Failure to Diagnose Blood Clot

Tommy Hastings and Greg Feste handled this medical malpractice case. The Plaintiff was a Houston firefighter that presented to Kelsey Seybold Clinic for several weeks with complaints of pain and disability in his calf and lower leg. The Plaintiff was bounced from physician to physician at Kelsey Seybold for treatment of generic lumbar pain. The various physicians never considered any other diagnosis. The Plaintiff continued to get worse to the point that his foot turned cold, pale, and blue. The physicians still did not consider other diagnoses until a blood clot was finally discovered in the emergency room. By this point, the Plaintiff had suffered several neurological damage to his lower leg that resulted in a condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The Defendants chose to go to trial and after a three week jury trial, the Plaintiff received a verdict of $3,500,000 against Kelsey Seybold. An appeal is currently pending.

Failure to Diagnose Brain Infection

Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice case. The Plaintiff presented to the hospital with a brain infection known as a subdural empyema. Despite her condition, the physicians decided to attempt treatment only with antibiotics based on the recommendation of a neurosurgeon. Medical literature from the past fifty years unanimously recommends surgical drainage of the infection in these types of situations. The infection eventually got worse and the Plaintiff suffered a life altering stroke as a result of the poor decisions of the medical team. Suit was brought against the entire medical team and the hospital where the treatment occurred. The case settled before trial that enabled the Plaintiff to have her long term health and personal needs covered for life.

Negligent Orthopedic Surgery

Tommy Hastings handled this medical malpractice case in Austin. The Plaintiff underwent a sacral fusion surgery for hip and back pain. During the surgery, the physician negligently placed a pin too far and damaged the sacral nerves. Even worse, the physician left the pin in place for several days which caused irreversible nerve damage and a condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The firm turned down many seven figure offers to settle the case. On the morning of trial, the case settled for more than twice the “best offer” of the defense.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Average Rating 5 out of 5 stars
 based on 53 reviews

Fantastic law firm! Getting our negligence case settled took longer than originally expected but in the end the results were well worth it. Mr. Hastings and his office were always professional, polite, and thorough in explaining my case to me. Big thanks to him and his staff for helping me through this ordeal.

Gus Morton
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We couldn’t have made a better choice by hiring the Hastings Law Firm to represent us. The staff was always professional but they showed real concern for our case and made it personal. If you need a great law firm, I would happily recommend them.

Ernie Wolford
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Tommy is a great guy, genuinely concerned about his clients. This is evident in not only how he runs his firm but the fact that he chose to focus on medmal, something other attorneys have abandoned. If you’re looking for someone that will fight for you tooth and nail, he’s your man.

Roberius
Google

Tommy Hastings and his staff provided a much needed voice for us during our crisis. His attention to detail went beyond the scope of simply practicing law. He is honest, informative, pragmatic and communicated well with us from start to finish. In a sea full of competing attorneys, Tommy has cast a reputation for himself as the very best. I highly recommend his services.

Kellie Rhodes
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Tommy Hastings went above and beyond during my crisis. He genuinely cares about his clients and delivered a straight-forward, honest method to resolve my issue as quick as possible. If you want the best of the best then look no further. You’ve found him.

Kendall Webb
Google

I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued, my nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Tommy Hastings and his staff go above and beyond! I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm or attorney!

Joy Love
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I can’t say enough great things about this law firm. The staff was friendly and courteous every step of the way. They kept me informed and explained all of my options. Tommy was amazing to work with and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my outcome. If I could give him 10 stars, I would. If you don’t go with Hastings, you are doing yourself a disservice. Highly recommend.

Misty Peterson
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I would highly recommend Tommy and his law firm. He represented us in a case where a simple surgery left my mother permanently disabled. His staff was very professional and diligent and kept me well informed throughout the case. In the end we are happy with the settlement she received and feel lucky to have had Tommy as our attorney.

Earica Robert
Google

My brother had an unnecessary surgery which left him with severe neurological issues. We called several attorneys but chose Hastings because of their focus on cases like this. While the case is still pending, we’ve already received a settlement offer that was very close to what we were looking for. Many thanks go out to Tommy and his great team!

Devin Schumacher
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We’re blessed to have found the Hastings law firm. Tommy and Greg were outstanding! Both attorneys were very responsive, professional, and helpful with any questions we had about our case. Their entire staff went above and beyond to keep us updated and most of all, calm. My family feels as though we have been made (mostly) whole again. Thank you both for your hard work.

Amy Word
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A HISTORY OF

SUCCESS

Tommy Hastings and his team of personal injury attorneys have successfully tried and settled thousands of medical negligence lawsuits across Texas & Florida, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients. These results have earned them the reputation of being one of the best medical malpractice plaintiff firms in the nation.