Sometimes, doctors make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are avoidable and cause catastrophic injuries, irreparable harm, and needless suffering. If you’ve been injured due to a medical professional’s negligence, you could be entitled to a substantial monetary award.
Let the Houston medical malpractice lawyers at Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C. help you fight to get the money you need and deserve.
Contact our Houston law office to speak with our compassionate team and schedule a free initial case assessment today. We’re always here to take your call – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
What to Expect When You Hire Attorney Brian White & Associates
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., our Houston personal injury lawyers have more than 45 years of combined experience navigating medical malpractice lawsuits. We have the financial strengths and resources that allow us to level the playing field against hospitals, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies – all of which have incredibly deep pockets.
We’ve gone head-to-head with some of the biggest medical providers in Texas – and a record of success getting substantial sums for our clients. That’s because we’re relentless in our pursuit of compensation for our clients. Our lawyers are not afraid to roll up their sleeves, get down in the trenches, and do whatever it takes to help victims of negligent medical care.
You should expect nothing less when you trust our Houston medical malpractice lawyers with your injury case.
What is Medical Negligence and Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Medical professionals in Texas – including doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, anesthesiologists, and pharmacists – owe a duty of care to their patients. What is this duty of care? Generally speaking, it’s defined as a healthcare provider’s responsibility to “conform to a certain standard of conduct to protect an individual from an unreasonable risk.” In other words, a medical professional must use their expertise to practice generally-accepted methods of care that would be used by another doctor in a similar situation.
Ask yourself this: Would a reasonable doctor of similar training and experience have done the same thing as your doctor? If not, and you’ve been injured, your doctor might have breached the duty of care owed to you.
So, a doctor makes a mistake and you get hurt. It should be pretty easy to recover compensation, right? Not so fast. Not all mistakes will rise to the level of negligence. In order to have a legitimate medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove that:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed, establishing the doctor’s responsibility to exercise reasonable care;
- The doctor (or healthcare professional) breached the duty of care owed to you in some way;
- You have suffered an actual injury; and
- There’s a causal link between the doctor’s conduct and your injury.
Simply put, you’ll have to have evidence to prove that you got hurt because your doctor was negligent. Building a medical malpractice case is complicated and challenging. For that reason, you’ll want to make sure that you hire a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience navigating medical negligence claims.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates P.C., our lawyers know how to approach, investigate, and craft a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. It will involve our team:
- Listening closely to your story and recollection of the events from your perspective
- Analyzing medical documents, interviewing medical personnel, and reviewing any relevant evidence
- Subpoenaing documents and witnesses, when necessary to paint a more detailed picture of the events, and
- Consulting with medical experts so that we can understand what should have happened and what actually happened.
We will work diligently to gather any evidence that might establish negligence and create a causal link between that act and your injury. Experts will likely play an important role in this process, as they can provide invaluable insight into the more technical and complicated aspects of your care and injury. We will spare no expense in making sure that we are able to scrutinize your case from every angle.
We Handle All Medical Malpractice Cases in Houston, TX
Medical malpractice refers to a mistake that causes a patient to get hurt. The possibilities are almost endless. At Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., our Houston personal injury attorneys represent clients in medical malpractice cases involving:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Blood clots
- Brain injuries
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Chemotherapy malpractice
- Congestive heart failure
- Defective medical devices
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Dialysis errors
- Early discharge complications
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to treat
- Medication errors
- Negligent prenatal care
- Nerve damage
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Surgical errors, and more.
Our team is prepared to help you fight to hold negligent doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers responsible for the harm and suffering that you’ve endured. We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to call us for immediate assistance today.
What Are the Leading Causes of Medical Malpractice?
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers suggest that, every year, anywhere between 250,000 and 440,000 patients die because their doctor or healthcare provider makes a mistake.
That’s hundreds of deaths every single day. Thousands more suffer a wide range of injuries – some minor, some catastrophic.
Why are doctors making these fatal errors? Hospitals and emergency rooms, in particular, are understaffed. So, many doctors are overworked. They’re exhausted and tired. This prevents them from dedicating the time and attention that each patient not only deserves, but needs. This leads to lapses in judgment and errors in decision making.
What kind of mistakes is causing so much harm? Common causes include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failing to order diagnostic tests
- Failure to provide informed consent
- Staff miscommunication, and
- Failure to take and/or chart an adequate patient history.
Were you injured because you received substandard medical care? Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C. will help you fight to recover a financial settlement or award. Call our Houston law office today to learn more about how we might be able to help.
Damages in Houston Medical Malpractice Cases
A medical mistake can change your life forever. A mistake can end up be physically taxing and emotionally exhausting. You might need extensive medical care and find that you’re unable to work. Those two factors, alone, can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in the years to come – if not more. That doesn’t even factor in the emotional devastation you experience. You shouldn’t have to deal with these consequences on your own. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
When our team files a medical malpractice claim on your behalf, we will be relentless in our pursuit of damages for:
- Present and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- PTSD, depression, and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages and income
- Disability, and more.
If a loved one has died because of a medical error, we will fight to secure death benefits to help ease the financial impact of your loss.
Cap on Non-Economic Damages in Texas Medical Malpractice Cases
Compensatory damages fall into one of two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages make up for the verifiable financial losses associated with your injury (e.g., medical bills, lost wages). Non-economic damages are paid to compensate for injuries that are subjective and personal (e.g., pain and suffering).
Texas limits the amount of money you can recover for non-economic losses in medical malpractice cases.
There’s a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages for all cases involving physicians, healthcare providers, and individual health care institutions. When a claim involves multiple healthcare institutions, non-economic awards are capped at $500,000. (Note: no one institution can be responsible for more than $250,000.)
Let Our Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight For You
Have you or a family member been hurt because of a medical error in Houston? You will have a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice injury claim. Lawsuits have to be filed within two years of discovering your injury, but no more than 10 years after the date of the negligent act.
It can be tough to know how much time you really have to demand compensation. The legal team at Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C. can help. Contact our Houston office a call today to discuss your case in detail. We can explain your rights, provide an overview of your legal options, and answer any question you have. Your first consultation is free, so call now.