Doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, and other healthcare professionals all provide enormously important services to their patients, keeping them healthy in body and mind. Although the majority of these specialists conduct themselves professionally and competently, the negligence of one doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider can have traumatic and lifelong consequences for patients who receive improper care.
Patients who become victims of medical malpractice can suffer death or serious injury, and they and their families have the right to bring a claim against the negligent party. Our firm has brought claims against professionals in places such as Killeen, Wichita Falls, Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and across Texas and the country, from coast-to-coast. Handling claims involving cerebral palsy, birth injury, and wrongful death, our attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of cases and have obtained some of the highest settlements in history. Contact our firm today to meet with our medical malpractice attorneys.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in many forms, some more obvious than others. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice include: prescription drug mistakes, the failure to diagnose cancer or another serious disease, the misdiagnosis of a serious disease, emergency room error, surgical error, post-surgical infections, birth injury, wrongful amputation, unwarranted testing of experimental drugs on patients, and other kinds of inadequate or unethical treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from birth injury, cerebral palsy, or another serious injury as a result of medical malpractice, our attorneys can help you determine whether you may be eligible to bring a claim against the negligent party.
Affecting nearly five thousand newborns each year, cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological impairments resulting from the faulty development of or damage to the part of the brain responsible for movement and motor function. Cerebral palsy can also be accompanied by stunted intellectual development and impaired hearing and vision, as well as behavioral problems and seizures. Although cerebral palsy doesn’t always cause acute disabilities, a child with the condition may find it difficult or even impossible to walk or speak. Children with severe cerebral palsy will require intensive, lifelong care.
Although several things can cause cerebral palsy, including a traumatic fall, a brain infection such as bacterial meningitis, or a blow to the head sustained in a motor vehicle accident, it can also result from medical malpractice. If the obstetrician fails to recognize and address complications during delivery such as a prolapsed umbilical cord, fetal distress, or a series of changes in fetal heart rate, the baby’s health may be in jeopardy. The improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction can also lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
Our firm is dedicated to representing families who have been affected by cerebral palsy or any other birth injury as a result of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys and staff have specialized medical training that assists and informs our research and preparation for medical malpractice cases. Our senior attorney is a pharmacist, and another team member is a registered nurse.
Medical Malpractice and the Federal Tort Claims Act
Medical malpractice cases sometimes involve military doctors or hospitals, VA clinics and hospitals, and federally funded clinics. The Federal Tort Claims Act governs lawsuits against the United States government, including medical malpractice lawsuits involving military physicians, facilities, and other healthcare providers. With extensive experience in medical malpractice and birth injury claims, our attorneys have handled FTCA cases all over the United States. In fact, our lawyers have obtained two of the highest Federal Tort Claims Act verdicts in United States history: Dickerson v. U.S. ($18.96 million received by our clients) and Lebron v. U.S. (over $15.75 million received by our clients). Both of these cases involved children who suffered serious birth injuries due to medical malpractice.
It is important to consult with a lawyer experienced in FTCA cases, because the FTCA adds additional rules and requirements that must be satisfied before the government will compensate you for your claim.
Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
It is extremely time-consuming and expensive to pursue a complex medical malpractice case, but our firm can skillfully guide you through the litigation process. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys today to schedule a consultation.