Were You or a Loved One Injured by Medical Negligence in Austin?
If you or a loved one were injured by medical negligence in Austin, you need the help of caring, experienced medical negligence attorneys that will fight to get the compensation you deserve. The Hastings Law firm has decades of experience handling medical negligence cases with dignity, understanding, and tenacity.
When a patient is injured, or their illness made worse by the negligence of a medical provider or facility, it is vital that they contact a Texas healthcare negligence attorney right away. Texas has only a two-year statute of limitations for medical injury claims and this window of time generally starts from the date the negligence occurred.
If you are unsure whether you have a medical negligence claim, contact our law firm for guidance. Our attorneys will provide a free case review and evaluation of your medical records to determine whether you have a viable claim under Texas law.
Did Medical Neglect Cause You Injury or Make You Worse?
Medical negligence under Texas law happens when medical professionals unknowingly cause harm to a patient. Medical negligence may happen because the provider took the wrong action or failed to take action. This may occur from ignorance of the medical professional or their failure to take necessary action. It does not mean that the medical professional had any bad intent toward the patient, but that they were not as attentive or aware as they should have been.
Some examples of actions or inactions that may be medical negligence under Texas law include:
- Prescribing a medication that could interact with another medication the patient is taking
- Giving the patient too much or too little anesthesia considering their body weight
- Accidentally causing injury to an organ during surgery
What’s the Difference Between Medical Negligence and Medical Malpractice?
The difference between a medical negligence and medical malpractice lawsuit in Texas is the awareness of the medical professional. With malpractice, the medical professional is aware of what could happen due to their action or inaction, but they choose to proceed. In medical negligence, the medical professional is not aware, at the moment, that their action or inaction could result in harm to the patient.
Examples of malpractice by a medical professional could include:
- Failing to follow standard operating procedures during surgery because they are running behind schedule;
- Prescribing medication to a patient who is likely abusing it; and
- Improper care during or after a surgical procedure.
How Do I Know If I Have an Austin Medical Negligence Lawsuit?
To know whether you have an Austin medical negligence lawsuit, you need to seek the counsel of an attorney that has experience litigating medical negligence cases. A bad medical outcome or event doesn't necessarily mean that negligence has occurred. Even the most obvious cases of negligence can become extremely complex when expert witnesses, staff, and defense teams get involved. Our law firm provides a no-cost evaluation of your case to determine whether you have a medical negligence claim.
What Should You Do If You Think You Have a Medical Negligence Claim in Austin?
If you think you have a medical negligence claim in Austin, you need to take care to preserve your claim. Taking the following steps is critical:
Documentation and Notes
Document every detail of what happened as soon as possible. Note your physical symptoms and all contact you have with your provider. Also, remember to include dates for every event or contact.
If you are suffering or think you would benefit from medical attention, seek the care of another physician immediately. To preserve your claim, you must get independent treatment for your injury before it becomes worse.
Contact an Attorney Immediately
As soon as you suspect negligence has occurred, contact a personal injury attorney that handles medical injury claims. The attorneys at Hastings Law Firm will guide you every step of the way and will fight for your right to receive compensation for the damages you suffer.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Austin Medical Negligence Lawyer?
It costs nothing to hire our Austin medical negligence lawyers. Our fees are handled on a contingency basis and are paid out from your compensation; meaning you pay nothing out of pocket until we win your case or negotiate a successful settlement.
You should be aware that the costs of pursuing a medical malpractice claim in Austin can be significant. This means that any potential damages that could be awarded need to be considerable enough to make a claim worthwhile to litigate.
What Compensation Can You Receive for a Medical Injury in Austin?
You may be able to receive compensation for both economic and non-economic damages for medical negligence in Austin. Additionally, in rare cases, you could receive punitive damages.
Economic damages include lost income and medical expenses for past and future income and expenses. There are no limits on the amount awarded for economic damages.
Non-economic damages include losses such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and inconveniences. There is a cap on non-economic damages in Texas. The maximum amount you can receive for non-economic damages in Texas is $250,000 per facility or provider, and up to three facilities or providers, for a total of $750,000.
Punitive damages are only awarded in rare cases. However, if the judge or jury determines that the medical negligence was so egregious that punitive damages are permitted, there is no limit to the amount that may be awarded.
Contact Our Top Rated Austin Medical Negligence Lawyers Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured by medical negligence, contact our law offices immediately. Our medical attorneys will provide a free review of your case to determine whether you have a medical negligence claim. We will thoroughly research your claim and provide an honest, professional opinion on the merits of your case.
If you have a reasonable claim for a medical negligence lawsuit, we want to represent you. We are recognized as one of the best medical negligence law firms in Austin and will fight to get you the full compensation you deserve. And if we take your case, you will pay nothing unless we win.
If our attorneys do not believe you have a good case, we will be honest and let you know. In addition, we are happy to answer your questions and help you understand your options even when litigation is not an option.
Contact us now to get the answers you deserve!
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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.