El Paso Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Legal Guidance for Victims of Medical Malpractice and Negligence
If you have been injured while under the care of a medical professional, it is natural that you have many questions and are anxious to find answers. Many people who suffer adverse medical events question whether their situation qualifies as medical malpractice. It is important to understand that not all unfortunate medical outcomes are the result of substandard or negligent care.
While anyone can make an honest mistake, healthcare providers have a duty to provide care that meets accepted medical standards. At Brown, Christie & Green, we help clients sort through their questions and concerns. We can help you explore your situation and determine if you have a medical malpractice case. If so, our El Paso medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and resources you need to get outstanding results.
Not all unfortunate medical outcomes are malpractice. Each case should be carefully reviewed by a skilled attorney.
In order to determine if your case qualifies as a medical malpractice claim, the court requires that you prove the following:
- That you and the healthcare provider established a doctor-patient relationship, and thus, the provider had a duty of care to you.
- That the healthcare provider failed to uphold that duty based on accepted standards of care.
- That the breach of the provider’s duty caused your injuries.
- That the breach and resulting injuries caused you harm (physical, financial, or emotional).
It is the responsibility of the victim to prove these elements. This is best achieved using expert witness testimony. This process can take some time, and is crucial to proving your case and getting the compensation you deserve. The team of El Paso medical malpractice attorneys at Brown, Christie & Green can help you through this process and ensure that your case is strong.
- A doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition
- A doctor misdiagnoses a medical condition
- A surgeon leaves tools behind in the body
- An obstetrician improperly uses forceps causes an infant brain injury
- A nurse administers the wrong medication
- A caregiver fails to turn a patient and a bedsore develops
Healthcare providers should be held accountable for their actions when harm comes to patients.
What Should I Look For in a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Finding the right attorney for your needs may seem like a daunting task. Nearly everywhere you look there are advertisements for law firms promising results. So how do you know which attorney is the best option for you and your family? Consider the following when reviewing potential medical malpractice attorneys:
What sort of ratings or reviews does the attorney have with your state’s Bar Association?
Attorneys with a high rating and strong peer reviews is often indicative of skill and experience in that area of law. You can find out more about a medical malpractice attorney by visiting his or her website, the state Bar Association, AVVO, or looking up reviews online.
How much of the law firm is focused on medical malpractice?
It is not uncommon for law firms to offer representation in a variety of legal matters. However, with medical malpractice being such a specialized and complex area of law, it is worth considering how much of the firm’s resources will be available for your case. If a firm focuses primarily on medical malpractice or related issues (birth injury, nursing home abuse, etc.), then most attorneys in the firm will have some experience and resources available. However, if the firm is split between medical malpractice and criminal defense, you may not have as many resources readily available in the firm.
What percentage of cases managed by the firm go to court, rather than being settled out of court?
This percentage is helpful to know because you want to find a medical malpractice attorney who is capable of managing your case regardless of how resolution is obtained. Look for a law firm with attorneys who are skilled in both settlements and trials. Trial attorneys often have specific training and knowledge to ensure they can adequately represent cases before a judge and jury.
What sort of fees and payment schedule does the attorney or law firm require?
Many medical malpractice attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis – meaning that their fees and legal costs will be deducted out of any verdict or settlement obtained on your behalf. That means you will not pay any fees upfront for representation. If you do not win your case, in many instances, you will owe nothing. Make sure you understand what, if any fees, may be required, and that you discuss contingency fees or other schedules before entering a representation agreement.
How comfortable do you feel with the attorney or law firm?
People often say to “listen to your gut” when making decisions. When it comes to choosing a medical malpractice attorney, sometimes that is wise advice. Medical malpractice cases are very personal, emotional, and often lengthy. You should choose an attorney who you feel comfortable with, trust, and can build a long-term relationship with. A poor attorney-client relationship can have a tremendously negative impact on the case and how it proceeds.
Contact Brown, Christie & Green for Focused, Trustworthy Legal Representation
Brown, Christie & Green has helped numerous clients throughout Texas navigate the complex waters of medical malpractice cases. Our firm does not shy away from difficult cases, but rather is passionate about being prepared to tackle them head-on. To speak with one of our El Paso medical malpractice attorneys, fill out our online form. We offer free case evaluations to every client.