When you seek medical treatment or submit to the care of a medical professional, it is with the assumption that the care you are receiving meets certain standards. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other types of care providers may make mistakes or act negligently, causing harm to the patient. You may be suffering additional pain and facing new medical needs because of negligent care.
If you experienced harm due to medical care that did not meet acceptable standards, you could be the victim of medical malpractice. You may have valid grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, as well as take steps to hold liable parties accountable for their actions. It may be beneficial for you and your family to learn more about the civil justice system and what you need for a successful claim.
Who is to blame?
One of the most critical factors in any medical malpractice case is establishing who is to blame for what happened to you. Liability in these types of cases can be complex because there are often multiple people involved in the care of each patient, but a careful assessment of your case can identify potential liable parties. Establishing medical negligence typically requires proof of the following:
- Proof that a medical professional owed a specific duty of care to the patient
- Evidence that the care provider failed to meet this duty through a deviation of acceptable care
- Documentation that establishes a connection between the actions of the care provider and the patient’s condition
- Medical evidence that clearly establishes that the patient suffered harm
If you are able to clearly establish these things through certain types of documentation, including medical records, surgical reports, test results, witness statements and more, you could have valid grounds for a claim. While the pursuit of compensation cannot reverse the harm you suffered, it does provide you an opportunity to seek justice for what you experienced.
A full and fair recovery
The Texas civil justice system provides victims of medical malpractice the opportunity to fight for the compensation they need for current financial losses, extended care and future needs that may arise. These types of claims are time-sensitive, and if you believe you are a victim, you may benefit from taking quick action to learn about the specific legal options available to you.