You rely on your doctor for proper, competent medical care. If your doctor fails to live up to the standard you expect, you may want to consider hiring a McKinney medical malpractice lawyer and filing a lawsuit for monetary damages. Underwood Law Office would be happy to represent you in your pursuit of compensation. The number of our Texas office is (972) 535-6377. We serve cities throughout Texas, including McKinney.
Medical Malpractice Incidents Can Take Many Forms
While we have made a lot of progress in our treatment of various ailments and diseases in the past century, there is still a lot that even the most skilled medical professionals do not know.
Medical malpractice, however, goes beyond a doctor making an honest error. It may include things like:
- Giving you unnecessary treatment
- Giving you an incorrect diagnosis
- Prescribing a wrong medication or a wrong dosage
- Failing to inform you of potential risks of treatment
- Treating the wrong area (e.g., operating on the wrong body part)
These events are rare but catastrophic. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), approximately 4,000 instances of medical malpractice (also called “never events” because they should never happen) occur in the United States every year, and many of these instances are fatal.
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The Types of Injuries that May Qualify You for Compensation
No matter how the malpractice has affected you or your loved one, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call Underwood Law Office at (972) 535-6377 to find out more via a free case evaluation. A McKinney medical malpractice lawyer would be happy to fight your lawsuit on your behalf so you do not have to do it.
The ultimate goals of any lawsuit are to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence and recover damages to compensate you for your injuries. You may be able to collect different types of damages, depending on what types of injuries you suffered.
Economic damages are for anyone whose injuries cost them money or financial stability. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses: if you needed any type of treatment to resolve or mitigate the damage done by the malpractice.
- Funeral expenses: if you paid to lay your loved one to rest after they succumbed to malpractice injuries.
- Loss of income: if you could not work or earn as much while your injuries healed.
- Loss of earning capacity: if you will never be able to work or earn as much as before the malpractice.
Non-economic damages are for anyone whose injuries cost them their physical and/or mental health. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering: if your health (physical and/or emotional) declined as a direct result of the malpractice.
- Disability: if you no longer have the full range of physical and/or intellectual abilities that you did before the malpractice.
- Diminished quality of life: if your injuries keep you from living as independently or as pain-free as before.
- Loss of companionship: if you have been deprived of your deceased loved one’s affection and support.
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Consulting an Attorney
In medical malpractice cases, the statute of limitations is two years, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251, meaning you have two years from the date of the malpractice to file your lawsuit. It is a good idea to consult an attorney before your time runs out. This way, you will have a firmer understanding of your rights and options.
If you decide to hire a lawyer, they can take over all of your legal responsibilities, large and small alike. This can save you a lot of trouble and frustration and give you a chance to concentrate on putting your life back together. Below is a very brief overview of the types of things an attorney from Underwood Law Office can do for you.
Assess Your Case
Even before you hire us, we are working for you. When you call, we evaluate your case for free and at no obligation to you. Reaching out to us is a good way to find out what your choices are and whether a lawyer can help.
Build Your Case
In order to receive compensation, you must get the liable party’s insurance company to agree that you deserve it. This often involves putting together a convincing body of evidence from multiple sources, such as medical records, witness testimony, or expert testimony.
File Your Suit
Your lawsuit does not “officially” begin until you have sent notification to both the liable party and the court. We would be happy to do this on your behalf. We can also handle all of your administrative and communication needs throughout the duration of your case.
The liable party’s insurance company may want to pay a settlement to avoid going to court. However, this does not mean they want to pay any more than they have to. Your lawyer can fight for the settlement you deserve and ensure the resulting settlement agreement is fair before you sign anything.
Go to Trial
Most cases are resolved at the negotiating table. Sometimes, however, the only way to get the insurance company to pay what you need is to go to court. If your case goes to court, we will schedule the court dates, submit documentary evidence, appear in court on your behalf, and much more.
To enlist the aid of a McKinney medical malpractice lawyer, contact Underwood Law Office at (972) 535-6377. Not only will we evaluate your case at no cost or obligation, but we will defer all fees until your case is resolved successfully. If you do not receive compensation, then you owe us nothing.