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Medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas can be filed for injuries or death caused by “treatment, lack of treatment, or other claimed departure from accepted standards of medical care.” It is important to note that in order to have a valid claim, it must be proven that the harm was a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence. Although a patient could potentially be harmed at any stage of treatment, only harm resulting from negligence can be the basis for a medical malpractice claim.

According to Texas law, negligence is defined as a deliberate action or failure to provide necessary information that poses a significant risk of harm to others, and the person responsible is aware of the risk but proceeds anyway, indicating a disregard for the safety and well-being of others. Additionally, the negligence must involve a willful and reckless deviation from the standard of medical care owed to the patient, which varies depending on the healthcare provider’s area of expertise.

What is meant by ‘omission of information’ refers to the failure of healthcare providers to inform their patients about the risks and hazards associated with their treatment. Patients have the right to give informed consent, meaning they must be aware of all the risks involved with the treatment they receive. However, in the case of a medical emergency, obtaining informed consent may not be feasible, and emergency treatment may take precedence over obtaining consent. Texas has two major provisions in its medical malpractice law that deal with informed consent and emergency care. In situations where risks and hazards were not disclosed to the patient, and this failure could have influenced a reasonable person in making a decision to give or withhold consent, lawsuits may be filed against doctors. The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel sets the requirements for risk disclosure, which must be given in writing and signed by the patient or an authorized person. Failure to disclose risks during a medical emergency will typically not be considered negligent if the treatment was carried out in good faith.

How Long Do I Have To File A Medical Malpractice Case In Texas?

To bring a medical malpractice claim in Texas, it’s important to be aware of the state’s statute of limitations. The statute imposes time limits for filing a claim. For example, a claim must be filed within two years of the incident, or two years from the conclusion of the hospitalization episode when the malpractice occurred. If the injury is not immediately perceptible, claimants have up to 10 years to bring forward their claim. However, if the injury is not discovered within 10 years of the malpractice incident, it cannot be filed for.

If you decide to file a claim, you must first notify each physician or health care provider in writing of your intent to do so at least 60 days prior to filing. All parties involved are entitled to access the claimant’s medical records, which must be supplied within 45 days of request. Additionally, within 45 days of filing, you must provide the defendant or their attorney with complete responses to the standard set of interrogatories (questions). The defendant must respond with their own answers within 45 days of the due date for their answer to your petition. The 45-day limit for responding may be extended by 30 days if agreed upon by all parties, but no further extensions are allowed.

Determining Who Is At Fault In A Texas Medical Malpractice Case

It can be confusing to determine who is at fault and to what extent, particularly if you are inexperienced with medical malpractice cases. Third parties may also be held accountable for your treatment, such as attending physicians, nurses, or pharmaceutical companies, as well as medical facilities or hospitals where your procedures were performed. In Texas, the success rate of medical malpractice claims depends on various factors, with the key distinction between negligence and malpractice being the presence of intent. If a doctor knowingly disregards important details or fails to provide alternative treatment options, they may be held responsible for any injuries or damages caused. The burden of proof lies with the patient to establish accountability in such cases.

The amount of compensation that can be obtained through a medical malpractice lawsuit in Texas is determined by several factors. These include the severity of the damages suffered, any prior knowledge or negligence related to the incident, failure to use reasonable judgment, and failure to obtain appropriate informed consent.

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What Qualifies As Medical Malpractice In Texas?

According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, medical malpractice refers to any deviation from the accepted standards of medical care, including treatment or lack of treatment, that results in harm or death to the patient. In Texas, medical malpractice claims are classified into three categories of medical errors. If a patient in Texas can provide evidence of an incident that falls under any of these categories, they may have a solid case for claiming medical malpractice.

  • Negligent Treatment

The term “negligence” in the context of medical care refers to a situation where a healthcare provider demonstrates a lack of care, which can be categorized as “willful and wanton” behavior. Negligence typically results from errors or a failure to provide information that a competent healthcare provider would not make. According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, negligence is characterized by a “conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others.”

  • Failure To Diagnose

There are two main situations in which medical malpractice of this type occurs. The first is when a doctor fails to diagnose a patient’s pre-existing medical condition, and the second is when a doctor misdiagnoses a patient with a medical condition that they do not actually have.

  • Failure To Warn

It is the duty of doctors to make patients aware of the potential risks associated with medical procedures, treatments, and medications, and then receive their informed consent before carrying out any of these treatments. When a doctor fails to do so, and an unfavorable result occurs, it is regarded as medical malpractice.

What Is The Average Settlement For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits In Texas? 

If a patient experiences an unexpected injury or illness due to medical malpractice, a settlement from a lawsuit can provide financial assistance to cover various costs such as medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. In Texas, non-economic damages, including “pain and suffering,” are also considered when determining the settlement amount. However, the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act of 2003 limits the amount of compensation a victim can receive. The cap for non-economic damages against healthcare providers is $250,000, and the cap for non-economic damages against healthcare facilities is $500,000. Therefore, the maximum amount a victim can expect to receive from a medical malpractice lawsuit is between $250,000 and $750,000.

Contact Us For Help If You Have Been A Victim Of A Medical Malpractice

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With years of experience handling medical malpractice cases in Texas, our team has the skills and resources necessary to navigate the legal system and build a strong case on your behalf. We collaborate with medical experts to assess the extent of your injuries and evaluate the damages you are owed.

Our firm handles a variety of medical malpractice cases, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, birth injuries, and wrongful death. We are committed to providing personalized attention and guidance throughout the entire legal process, from your initial consultation to the resolution of your case.

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