When Texas patients turn to medical care providers for answers and support, they assume the care they are receiving meets certain standards. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals are responsible for their actions that cause harm to patients due to negligent care or reckless decisions. In some cases, patients who suffered due to mistakes, a missed diagnosis or a delay in care could have grounds to seek a medical malpractice claim.
Proving a medical malpractice claim
To prove a medical malpractice claim and secure compensation, the claimant must have valid evidence of specific elements. A successful claim hinges on a preponderance of evidence of the following:
- The care provider acted negligently in the care or treatment of the patient, causing harm. The care received clearly fell below acceptable standards.
- The negligent care was the cause of physical harm of the patient, leading to additional physical pain and continued treatment needs.
- The injured party will benefit from damages due to his or her current pain and suffering, past harm and future care requirements.
Medical malpractice claims are time-sensitive. If a Texas patient believes he or she has grounds for a civil claim, it is prudent to take immediate action.
Pursuit of recovery
The pursuit of recovery through a medical malpractice claim can be a complex process. A patient and his or her family will benefit from the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. An assessment of the individual situation will provide insight into the specific legal options available.