Austin Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligence of a physician who was tasked with your care, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our team of Austin medical malpractice attorneys at Gibson Hill is here to help. We are here to provide our clients with knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel and hold physicians and facilities accountable when their negligence causes patients harm.
Our attorneys are experienced in the field, and always approach their cases with the utmost respect and compassion for their situation, while aggressively fighting for your rights against insurance companies and ensuring that you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Why You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Having a lawyer by your side in these cases can be essential, as the combination of factors that have to be assessed to prove that an individual is responsible can be challenging to identify and prove.
First, it has to be proven that the doctor or hospital in question had a professional duty to their patient — in other words, that they were treating them and therefore were held to a duty of responsible care. Second, it has to be proven that there was in fact negligence on the part of the medical professional, which can be defined as something in their care of the patient that another medical professional who gave reasonable, quality care would not do in the same manner they did.
The third thing that needs to be proven is that the negligence occurred due to some form of injury and that the condition of the patient has worsened as a result of the doctor’s negligence. Lastly, it must be proved that the harm that is caused to the patient is compensable. This means that the injury to the patient must have caused some financial or physical losses for the claim to be valid. Proving negligence in these types of cases is difficult for one person to accomplish on their own.
This is why the counsel and assistance of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer are beneficial and often crucial to making a convincing claim on your behalf.
Why Choose Us?
Our team of Austin medical malpractice attorneys at Gibson Hill has proudly served countless clients in Austin and across Texas for many years and built a reputation of trustworthiness and aggressive litigation. We are experienced in the field of medical malpractice and will stop at nothing to get you the compensation you deserve while holding medical professionals accountable for their negligence.
We understand the tough situations that our clients go through, and we are motivated by the opportunity to get our clients back on their feet after an unfair case of medical negligence. We communicate with our clients regularly and make sure to keep them updated on the status of their case, while always being transparent and informative on any details you would like to know.
How Medical Malpractice Claims Work
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, such as a doctor or surgeon, makes a mistake while caring for or operating on a patient, and their mistakes can affect the livelihoods of these patients in unforeseen and potentially devastating ways. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, the wise thing to do is contact an attorney right away who knows your rights and can get you on the path to rightful compensation.
There is a myriad list of ways that medical malpractice could potentially occur. These include the case of failing to diagnose cancer, which falls under a specific issue within medical malpractice that patients face of doctors misdiagnosing their conditions, and in this case, misdiagnosing something potentially life-threatening.
There are many things that can play a part in causing this form of malpractice, and busy emergency rooms and outpatient clinics can create a hectic environment that can compromise a doctor’s ability to focus and not make mistakes. In addition, the medical professional may not have access to the patient’s full medical history, and potentially miss key details that may have proved crucial in assessing and determining what their condition is.
There is also a chance the medical professional isn’t sufficiently qualified, overly rushed, or generally negligent and this could definitely be a factor in them potentially misdiagnosing a patient. Aside from cases of misdiagnosis, emergency room errors also are an example of medical negligence. Also, surgery errors, medication errors, birth injuries, and nursing errors are all examples of medical negligence as well.
If you happen to be a victim of medical negligence, have consulted with an attorney and are preparing to sue, there are some things that you should keep in mind for your strategy as you are building your case. As the plaintiff, you will be able to sue for both economic and non-economic damages. Working with your lawyer, you will be able to develop an accurate assessment of all of the losses you have incurred and are entitled to compensation for. This is clearly an important aspect of preparation for how you present your case in a lawsuit.
There will be a standard of care that is an important factor in the case, as it will determine if the medical professional was sufficiently attentive in the care for their patient. The standard of care varies widely, as it depends on the specialty of the medical professional in question and the condition of the patient who was being cared for. Commonly in medical malpractice cases, there are expert witnesses who advocate and testify for both sides in an effort to establish the standard of care in the situation and whether the medical professional was following it or not. Ultimately, it falls on the plaintiff to prove that it was more likely than not that the medical professional’s negligence in failing to meet the standard of care caused the undue harm.
When considering whether to bring a medical malpractice claim, it is important to be mindful of the statute of limitations associated with these types of cases. For each state, there are different rules and procedures in place for bringing medical malpractice claims, so the statute of limitations varies. Generally, it is between 6 months and 2 years.
During the vast majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, the outcome of a case can be strongly influenced or even decided by an expert witness’s testimony. There are standards in place for each state for what qualifies someone to be considered an expert in a medical malpractice case. Generally, they need to be experienced in the topic being discussed in some fashion.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice cases. We hope that the answers that we have provided help you to understand this area of the law. If you have questions about a specific case, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to get an honest and thorough evaluation.
If I don’t feel better after my surgery, was there malpractice?
Can a nurse be held liable for medical malpractice?
What kinds of damages are available in a medical malpractice case?
Can I file a lawsuit on the basis that my doctor overlooked a health condition that I have?
Yes, a common factor that contributes to medical malpractice is the doctor failing to diagnose or treat a condition. This in turn leads to the patient being improperly treated, or delaying their treatment, or not being treated at all, leading to the patient being injured.
Contact an Austin Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Gibson Hill
If you or a loved one have been harmed by a medical professional or facility’s negligence in Austin, our team of attorneys at Gibson Hill will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We have extensive experience in successfully representing clients in these types of cases, and you can count on our experienced attorneys to bring dedication and real results as we represent you. Contact us at (713) 659-4000 to set up a free consultation and we can discuss the best way to proceed in your case.