Medical malpractice is your legal cause of action when a medical professional deviates from the normal standard of care causing you to be injured. The standard legal term is that the health care professional is deemed as being grossly negligent. In Texas, gross negligence is defined as more than momentary thoughtlessness, inadvertence, or error of judgment. In other words, the medical professional must deviate from the standard of care. Physicians, surgeons, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physical therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, and many other health care professionals can be held liable under Texas malpractice laws.
So, what can lead to a claim for medical malpractice in Texas and do you need a Texas medical malpractice attorney? Generally, a failure to diagnose or acts or omissions in the standard of care can lead to a claim. Other claims can be an unreasonable delay in treatment, or not choosing the appropriate course of treatment for you the patient. However, just because you have a negative outcome in your procedure or treatment does not mean that you have a claim for medical malpractice. The claim is usually based on a medical professional that failed to do what a similar medical professional would have done under reasonable circumstances or in the same conditions.
In order to succeed in a claim for medical malpractice in Texas, you need to meet with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Most attorneys do not have the medical background and training to be able to look at medical records and see if the doctor breached the standard of care. The Texas medical malpractice attorneys at Ron Voyles & Associates have professionals that will look at your records and determine if you have a claim. As a doctor and a lawyer, Ron Voyles has the medical knowledge in addition to decades of experience in evaluating these types of claims. Ron Voyles & Associates will be able to quickly assist you in order to see what your doctor or health care provider’s obligations were to you and to examine whether your physician breached the standard of care.
Some examples of Texas Medical Malpractice cases are:
- Birth Injury and other Obstetrical and Gynecological Injuries
- The timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases
- Harmful or improper use of anesthesia
- Mistakes in the prescribing and administration of medications
- Surgical errors
A common claim for the Texas medical malpractice attorneys at Ron Voyles & Associates comes from same day surgery centers or “doc in the box” type treatment centers. Convenience is wonderful and the ease and profit of owning a surgical center in Texas has lured many Texas doctors into this area of practice. You and your physician can save money at the non-hospital surgery centers which makes everyone happy until tragedy strikes. When errors in these surgical centers causes a bad injury or when someone is even killed, often a thorough malpractice investigation will show that the surgical center did not follow the basic standard of care that an ordinary hospital would have followed. When these ambulatory surgery centers breach the standard and fail to keep their patients safe then it is time to call a Texas malpractice attorney. If you feel your health care professional has broken the rules or skirted the safety standard at a same day facility you need to call Ron Voyles & Associates today.