A Carrollton medical malpractice lawyer from the Underwood Law Office can help you understand your rights and help you hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. If medical negligence caused you to suffer injuries, preventable pain or disability, or advancing illness, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
If you want to learn more about your legal options for holding the doctor or medical care facility accountable in Carrollton, Texas, our team can answer your questions. We provide complimentary case evaluations.
Recovering a Just Settlement in a Carrollton Medical Malpractice Case
The damages you may be able to recover depend on the losses caused by your medical injuries. These are often called compensatory damages. These losses include things like:
- Your current and future treatment and care
- Lost income, including wages, tips, benefits, and more
- Your related expenses you already paid
- Non-economic damages, primarily compensation for the pain and suffering you endured
Texas, like some other states, limits how much you can recover in non-economic damages under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.301. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. We can help you understand if your case may meet an exception to the statute or how this statute could affect your financial recovery.
Our team will also calculate the value of all your losses before we begin the negotiations with the malpractice insurance provider or the hospital’s legal team. To accurately evaluate your losses, we may:
- Gather medical bills and other medical paperwork
- Document your physical limitations
- Document the emotional impact of your injuries
- Work with experts to determine your future medical needs related to the malpractice injuries
How Do You Know If You Have a Case for Compensation?
If you were harmed by a doctor’s negligence–which could include a failure to act or an improper action–you may be able to pursue compensation.
Doctors and other medical professionals must provide an acceptable standard of care to every patient they see. If their carelessness or recklessness led to your injury, illness, health complications, or even the death of your loved one, you may have a case. Some common ways medical malpractice occurs is through:
- Missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, often from a failure to follow proper protocols to evaluate the patient
- Medication errors, such as prescribing the wrong dosage, mixing up similarly named medications, or failing to recognize an allergy or interaction
- Surgical errors, including wrong-site surgeries, performing surgery on the wrong patient, or leaving items inside the patient following surgery
- Birth injuries, when the doctor fails to monitor the mother and baby closely enough to prevent complications
In some cases, medical malpractice occurs in shockingly apparent ways, such as when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part. In other cases, though, it is much more subtle. Failing to recognize classic symptoms of a serious illness, not ordering lab tests to confirm a hunch, or treating for the wrong condition could be examples of medical negligence.
Building Evidence to Show that Malpractice Occurred
When a doctor or care provider deviates from the usual protocols and a patient suffers harm as a result, this could likely support a medical malpractice case.
To confirm malpractice occurred and build a convincing case, we work with a network of medical experts who can confirm:
- The acceptable standard of care expected
- What happened to you
- Whether this meets the definition of medical malpractice
You can learn more about moving forward with your case and seeking money damages for your losses today. Underwood Law Office can help victims of medical negligence and their families in Carrollton and other parts of Texas.
The Underwood Law Office Team Knows Texas Malpractice Law
A Carrollton medical malpractice lawyer from the Underwood Law Office can navigate the Texas medical malpractice claims process on your behalf. We understand the laws outlined in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74 and how they may apply to your case.
If we believe you have enough evidence to prove medical negligence, we will seek to hold the doctor or facility accountable on your behalf. We will work to assign liability and develop the strongest case possible against the medical professional. Our team will:
- Protect your rights
- Build a collection of evidence to support your claim
- Value your case
- Seek a fair settlement based on this value
- Gather expert testimony
- Take your case to court, if necessary
- And more
We will take these steps while you focus on getting the care and support you need and recovering from your injuries or illness.
It Costs You Nothing to Start Working With Us
Underwood Law Office is a contingency fee firm. You and your family will not need to pay any fees upfront for our representation.
In other words:
- You owe us no out-of-pocket fees or retainers in order to get started
- We will only get paid if and when your case is successful
You don’t have to worry about paying for lawyer’s fees upfront when you work with Underwood Law Office.
The Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice Cases in Texas
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251 creates a two-year timeline for beginning a malpractice lawsuit. This deadline applies to most cases, but there are exceptions. We can determine the applicable timeline for your case to ensure we preserve your right to take legal action if it is possible to do so.
There may be additional deadlines that apply in these cases as well. Reach out to our team as soon as you can after you discover the possibility of malpractice. We can assess your case, confirm if medical negligence occurred, and go to work on your behalf right away.
Contact Our Attorneys Today About Your Carrollton Medical Malpractice Case
A Carrollton medical malpractice lawyer from the Underwood Law Office may be able to pursue damages for you and help you hold the doctor or another medical professional accountable. We can answer your questions and outline what we recommend doing based on the facts of your case. Call (972) 535-6377 today to get a free case review.