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In This Article
- Your Malpractice Case May Entitle You to Damages
- Hiring a Melissa Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Underwood Law Office
- How You Can Sue for Medical Malpractice
- Get Started on Your Case Today
Your Malpractice Case May Entitle You to Damages
You already know that medical malpractice can devastate your health, your finances, and your future. All too often, it is also deadly: per Johns Hopkins Medicine, malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
If the malpractice affected your ability to work and/or forced you to incur a lot of expenses or debt, you might qualify for what is called “economic damages.” Common examples include:
- Loss of wages: If your injuries were so bad that you could not go to work for days, weeks, or longer
- Loss of earning capacity: If your injuries will prevent you from earning as much as you expected to earn pre-injury
- Loss of financial support: If your loved one was the victim of malpractice and can no longer contribute income to your household
- Medical expenses: If you (or your loved one prior to their passing) sought any type of treatment to undo or mitigate the malpractice injury
What can be worse than financial stress is the injuries themselves: the physical and mental distress brought about by the malpractice. These losses may qualify you for “non-economic damages,” which include:
- Pain and suffering: If you experienced any negative physical and emotional effects from the malpractice
- Disability: If your injury cost you the use of any body part (e.g., a limb or an organ)
- Disfigurement: If your injury left painful or obvious marks that will never fully heal
- Loss of companionship: If your loved one’s passing has deprived you of an irreplaceable source of affection and emotional support
In medical malpractice cases in Texas, plaintiffs may sue for a maximum of $250,000 in non-economic damages, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.301. There are no such limits on economic damages, so you can sue for as much as you think your case merits.
It may be painful to revisit the malpractice injuries in such detail. Unfortunately, this is a necessary part of filing a lawsuit. Our lawyer’s advice and impartial view of the case can be a big help when you are putting together your list of damages.
Hiring a Melissa Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Underwood Law Office
At Underwood Law Office, we are proud to help malpractice victims hold incompetent doctors and negligent healthcare facilities responsible for their actions. To make it easier for you to afford legal representation, we work on a contingency-fee-basis; you do not pay us anything unless and until we get you money.
A lawyer from our firm can handle every aspect of your case, big and small, from beginning to end. While every case involves a different approach, the steps we will take on your behalf may include the following.
- Launching an investigation: We will collect evidence to prove that the liable party is guilty of causing the injuries you are suing over.
- Managing all paperwork: We can handle all of the paperwork for you, or we will review the paperwork you fill out before you submit it.
- Quantifying your case’s value: We will help you figure out which damages you qualify for and the maximum amounts you can ask for.
- Delivering messages: If you want to say something to the liable party, or vice versa, let a lawyer from our team deliver the messages for you.
- Pursuing your money: Whether at the negotiating table or at trial, we will fight vigorously to get you what you need and deserve.
- Helping you make decisions: If in doubt, call us. We are more than happy to explain the legal process and advise you about your options.
How You Can Sue for Medical Malpractice
There are many factors you must take into account before you file a lawsuit. A couple of the most important ones are listed below.
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is any law that gives people a specific amount of time to take legal action after suffering from another party’s negligent or reckless behavior. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.251 gives you two years from the date the malpractice occurred to start your suit. Any lawsuits filed after that date may not be valid.
The Burden of Proof
Just because you had a negative medical outcome does not mean malpractice occurred. It is your responsibility to prove that your doctor or healthcare facility’s behavior was unacceptable and that their behavior directly caused your injury.
A lawyer at our firm can help you collect all of the necessary proof from sources like:
- Eyewitness testimony: Statements from witnesses can verify the negligent provider’s bad behavior and/or the negative effects the injury had on you.
- Expert testimony: A doctor can review your case and confirm that your provider did not behave in a reasonable, professional way.
- Your medical records: These documents detail every procedure you have had. It can therefore show if your provider gave you unnecessary treatment, delayed treatment, or did not treat you at all.
Get Started on Your Case Today
To hire a malpractice lawyer who serves Melissa, Texas, call Underwood Law Office at (972) 316-4236 today. A member of our team is standing by to take your call, provide you with a free case review, and explain more about how a Melissa medical malpractice lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help. We charge no fees unless and until we win.