Medical Malpractice in Dallas, TX

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Dallas Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Are You or a Loved One Suffering Because of Medical Malpractice?

If you believe you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, call Dunk Law Firm. These cases are often difficult. If you wish to succeed in your claim, it is essential to work with lawyers who have the necessary experience. The Dallas Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Dunk Law Firm, have many years of experience handling personal injury lawsuits. They are here to help determine if you have a case.

Many people have heard of medical malpractice. You might typically associate it with very severe errors in medical treatment. For instance, performing an invasive surgical operation on the wrong patient. However, medical malpractice happens in several less extreme forms. Further, a Dallas medical malpractice lawyer understands the outcomes can be just as damaging or even fatal.

What Are Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

Avoidable healthcare mistakes can constitute a solid case for medical malpractice. These cases may result not just from a surgical mistake. It could be mistakes committed by nurses, physicians, and other caregivers. Several of the most prevalent medical malpractice claims stem from the following types of errors:

Medication error

This can take the form of:

  • Using the incorrect medication (from a physician's prescription, from an error committed by a pharmacist, or by being given to the wrong patient).
  • Being prescribed a medication that causes major adverse effects due to a known allergic reaction or by being combined with other medications.
  • Being prescribed the wrong dose.
  • Failing to prescribe a needed medication.

Diagnosis failures

These are instances where a doctor fails to properly diagnose a problem, resulting in a delay in treatment. This can thereby cause an injury that could have been avoided or lessened. This can also be a physician failing to perform necessary or appropriate diagnostic tests or procedures, or misdiagnosing a problem.

Negligent supervision

This happens where an individual under the care of a healthcare facility is not monitored adequately. The lack of supervision can cause a failure to provide sufficient and/or appropriate care.

Delayed treatment

A delay in treating a known condition leads to a more serious condition.

Failure to acquire informed consent

As it suggests, this involves injuries caused by procedures in which the care provider fails to:

  • Fully inform a patient of the likely or potential result of the procedure.
  • Let the individual know the dangers associated with a procedure.
  • Fails to obtain any consent at all.

Lack of adequate training or skill or appropriate credentialing

This case happens when a patient sustains an injury from a medical procedure and the medical provider should not have been providing it because of lack of training or experience.

Birth injuries and obstetric malpractice

This includes cases in which actions or lack of actions during delivery result in long-term injury to the child or mother.

Surgical errors

These cases include injuries due to a surgeon that took unnecessary or incorrect measures which led to injury. Or, if there is a failure to perform the procedure with the care or skill sufficient to satisfy appropriate standards.

Equipment failure

Many medical procedures rely upon the proper functioning of medical equipment. Failures of equipment because of inadequate maintenance, calibration, or operation can result in major injuries. These are injuries that would not occur when equipment is functioning correctly.

Insufficient monitoring or follow-up treatment

A lot of potential complications or negative results from a treatment or procedure-- even if done correctly-- might not show up until later. A case for insufficient surveillance occurs when medical professionals fail to look for known potential adverse effects or consequences.

Lack of teamwork or communication

Often, patients are under the care of several providers. They could be treated with primary care physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, etc. Even in the operating room, teams of surgeons and nurses are all in charge of different parts of patient care. If there is a failure to communicate a vital piece of information between the various individuals during care, major injuries can develop. For instance, a physician that fails to note a medication allergy to a nurse who does not report a patient in distress.

Consult a medical malpractice attorney in Dallas if you think any of the above is the source of a severe injury or death.

How To Make a Claim for Dallas Medical Malpractice?

As described above, medical malpractice can take many forms. At the same time, medical malpractice comprises a certain type of negligence claim. In medical malpractice suits, a claimant alleges that a healthcare provider-- which can involve not only physicians and surgeons, but dentists, therapists, nurses, or people working under the supervision of these professionals-- either acted or failed to act in a manner that fell below the accepted standard of practice or care in the applicable medical community. Further, this act or omission results in the injury or death of the patient.

However, even when someone has suffered a major injury as a result of a medical procedure, verifying that you have a legitimate malpractice claim is not an easy task. Medicine is not a perfect science. Even when everything is done right, things can go wrong.

Most medical malpractice claims, over 95%, resolve before they go to trial. In a number of these suits, the parties settle. For instance, when the doctor or medical facility believes that the claim for negligence is fairly clear.

Yet in over half of the claims on file, the defendants will have the ability to dismiss a case for one reason or another. One difficulty is that nearly all of the proof lies in the hands and minds of the doctors and hospitals who are defending the claims. Finally, for those medical malpractice cases that do go to trial, plaintiffs win just around one-third of the time.

Should You Contact a Dallas Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

If you suffer injuries due to inadequate or faulty care, or somebody you love has serious injuries or passes away because of the mistakes of a medical professional, reach out to Dunk Law Firm for a free consultation. Call (888) 744-5642, or simply use our online case evaluation form right here on this website. Don't forget, at Dunk Law Firm, you pay no attorney's fee unless you win your case.

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