At some point in our lives, every one of us will need to seek medical attention in one way or another. It could be a broken bone from a slip and fall in icy conditions. You could need medical attention after a car accident. Or you might suffer from cancer, kidney disease, a heart attack or any number of conditions requiring primary care.
When we go to a doctor or a hospital, we have a reasonable expectation that we’ll get a certain level of quality care, giving us the best possible chance to get healthy once again.
Unfortunately, sometimes that level of care does not take place, and a treatable medical condition can get worse. Like it or not, doctors and hospitals do make preventable mistakes that can lead to devastating results.
When this happens, as patients, we have the right to challenge the quality of our care. And in instances where that level of care involved negligence we have the right to seek compensation for medical malpractice.
Filing a claim for medical malpractice and actually winning that case are two different things. You will need to retain an experienced medical malpractice attorney to fight for your rights, going up against insurance companies and their formidable legal teams.
To win a medical malpractice suit, it must be proven that a doctor/patient relationship existed and that the standard of expected care fell short and created medical negligence. Furthermore, it must be shown that this failure was a direct case of harm to the patient and that there are quantifiable damages as a result.
However, if a patient and their attorney can prove a doctor breached an appropriate standard of care, then they stand a good chance of receiving a judgment for medical bills, future care, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Law Office of Christopher Kalis serves Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and surrounding Texas communities.