Austin Medical Malpractice Attorneys
We Help Medical Malpractice Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve
Medical malpractice injuries are tragic, and the consequences are far-reaching. We trust our healthcare providers to offer the best service and care possible. When preventable medical mistakes are made, not only are patients left to pick up the pieces, but it also hinders trust in the healthcare profession.
At Brown, Christie & Green, our Austin medical malpractice attorneys understand that mistakes are a part of life. Still, we believe that preventable medical mistakes should be documented, and those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. The majority of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the United States are the result of human error, including negligence or malicious intent.
Patients should feel empowered to stand up for their legal rights and health.
Texas law has certain procedures for filing a medical malpractice claim. Victims (plaintiffs) are required to give a 60-day notice to the healthcare provider named in the claim (defendant). There are also time-specific requirements for filing expert witness reports and other documents.
It is the patient’s burden to prove that a healthcare provider violated the standards of care, and that this violation caused the injuries suffered. Proving negligence requires a thorough review of your situation and interviewing expert witnesses and other parties. This process can be lengthy, and depending on your case, can be complicated.
While you may be anxious to file a claim and pursue recovery, it is important that your case is managed properly and follows state laws. That is where the Austin medical malpractice attorneys at Brown, Christie & Green can help you. We have a great deal of experience managing medical malpractice claims, and we will work alongside you to build a strong case and get the results you deserve.
- A doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition
- A doctor misdiagnoses a medical condition
- A surgeon operates on the wrong patient
- A nurse improperly administers medication
- A patient develops bedsores due to not being repositioned
- A patient is prescribed medication they are allergic to
It is important that medical malpractice cases are handled by an attorney with knowledge and experience in medical malpractice law.
Diagnostic Errors are Largest Source of Malpractice Claims, New Study Shows
A new study examining medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017 showed that diagnostic errors were the largest source of claims during those years. Studies like this one highlight the factors that most commonly lead to medical malpractice claims, as well as identifying the challenges that healthcare providers face when making decisions.
Let’s take a closer look at what researchers found, discuss some of the most common diagnostic errors that patients experience, and explore what you can do to protect your health and your legal rights.
Diagnostic Errors Largest Source of Medical Malpractice Claims
According to research provided by Coverys, 33 percent of medical malpractice claims filed between 2013 and 2017 were related to diagnostic errors. Half of these claims were related to poor clinical decision-making. Researchers reviewed more than 10,000 medical malpractice claims, which revealed the following information:
- Approximately 36 percent of diagnostic-related claims involved a patient death.
- An additional 36 percent of claims occurred in an outpatient setting.
- Around 33 percent of diagnostic-related claims included claims that the healthcare provider:
- Failed to properly evaluate the patient
- Failed to obtain adequate family history or medical records
- Around 52 percent of claims involved diagnostic errors related to laboratory testing, including:
- Doctors ordering the wrong test
- Technicians improperly performing the test
- Tests being misinterpreted
- Among all claims, 14 percent involved radiologists.
While other areas of medical malpractice related claims have decreased over this period of time, the number of diagnosis-related claims has remained steady. Researchers reported that the second largest source of medical malpractice claims was surgical or procedural-related claims, which accounted for 24 percent of claims.