When we go to the doctor, we trust them to heal us, not harm us. However, when a negligent healthcare provider injures you or your loved one during the course of treatment, the liable party may be held responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A Wichita Falls medical malpractice lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can be the Strong Arm that guides you through this difficult time. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve as a victim of medical malpractice. Call us at (800) 777-7777 to receive your free consultation and to learn more about how we will fight for you.
What Makes a Strong Medical Malpractice Case?
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), a medical malpractice suit is a type of personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits seek redress for harm done to your person, as opposed to your property. This can be physical, mental, or emotional harm that results from your healthcare provider’s action or (inactions).
In order to qualify as medical malpractice, your healthcare provider’s actions need to meet certain criteria. They are:
- That your healthcare provider’s actions or inactions differ from those you could receive from their peers in the field
- That their actions or inactions do not meet the duty of care that you are owed
- That these actions or inactions caused you harm
If these circumstances apply to your situation, your healthcare provider may be negligent—and therefore liable for your injuries.
Potentially Liable Parties
When you hear “healthcare provider,” you may automatically think of doctors and nurses. However, other people are responsible for our health and may be held liable in a medical malpractice suit.
Dentists, medical technicians, hospital employees, and even the hospitals themselves may be responsible for the inadequate or harmful care you receive. Even if you do not know who exactly is to blame for your mistreatment, you still have rights. A Wichita Falls medical malpractice lawyer can investigate your case to uncover all potentially liable healthcare providers.
Injury, Harm, and Damages
You may wonder what harm rises to a level that means you can seek damages through a lawsuit. Often, injuries that have a long-term or permanent impact on your life entitle you to damages to help cover your resulting medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Some of the common forms of negligence that result in injuries are as follows.
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis: Your medical condition may worsen if undiagnosed and unaddressed, or you may suffer further harm by treating the wrong ailment under a false diagnosis.
- Failure to treat: Even if you have the right diagnosis, you cannot get better without the proper treatment.
- Surgical errors: When your surgeon leaves behind medical debris after an operation or operates on the wrong body part, you may suffer injury.
- Medical devices: Some recalled medical devices may cause injury.
You can potentially recover damages to help with your economic and non-economic costs after suffering one of these (and other) injuries. Economic damages include your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages include your mental and physical pain and suffering, as well as your loss of enjoyment of life.
For a free legal consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Wichita Falls, call 800-777-7777
How to Pursue Compensation with a Lawyer’s Help
Once you decide to pursue compensation for your injuries, you may want to hire a personal injury lawyer who can guide you through this process while safeguarding your rights.
Investigating and Collecting Evidence
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we will investigate the circumstance that caused injuries, collect evidence to prove what happened, and compile it into the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Evidence of medical malpractice can include witness statements, medical records, second opinions from other healthcare workers in the same field, and anything else that can prove negligence.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Once your lawyer builds your case, they will use it to negotiate with insurance companies and adjusters in order to argue for a fair settlement.
Oftentimes insurance companies will pay you less than the amount to which you are entitled so that they can keep their costs low. A lawyer with experience handling medical malpractice cases can work to get you a fair settlement, given the facts of your case.
Arguing the Case in Court
If the insurance companies still refuse to pay what you are owed, then your lawyer can take your case to court. They will use the evidence they collected to show that your healthcare provider negligently caused you harm. Then, the judge will render a verdict.
Why Choose Loncar Lyon Jenkins?
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we have experience handling medical malpractice cases and winning damages for our clients. We have advocated for clients who have been injured by their healthcare providers, as well as by pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Now, we are ready to fight for you.
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According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Texas is generally two years. Since time is limited, let us get started as soon as possible.