I believe my doctor in Houston harmed me. What do I have to prove in a medical malpractice case?

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I’m very sorry to hear that you were harmed by a doctor in Houston. Unfortunately, medical malpractice cases in Texas can be tough. Medical malpractice cases normally take a significant amount of time to complete, and damages in Texas can be limited. However, do not let that discourage you from pursuing your case – if you were harmed by a doctor, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney can advise you on whether your medical malpractice case is worth pursuing.

In a Texas medical malpractice case, the injured party must prove that: there was a doctor-patient relationship, that the doctor owed the patient a duty of care, that the doctor breached his duty of care owed to the plaintiff, that the doctor’s breach of care was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, and that the plaintiff suffered some type of physical, economic, or emotional damages as a result of the doctor’s conduct. Often, the hardest part to prove is that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care – in other words, that another competent professional working in the same field as the defendant would have acted differently in the situation.

There are a number of common types of medical malpractice claims. Studies show that about a third of all medical malpractice claims allege an error related to diagnosis. Many of those claims result in catastrophic injury or death. Some examples are a failure to correctly interpret test results, a failure to perform necessary tests, failing to ask the patient about their symptoms or medical history, and failing to recognize obvious symptoms. Some other common types of medical malpractice claims are anesthesia errors, errors during surgery, errors committed in emergency rooms, birth injuries, hospital errors, and medication errors.

If you believe that a medical professional breached his or her duty to you and you were harmed as a result, you should speak to a Houston medical malpractice attorney. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit the firm on our Facebook page

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