Odessa Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When medical providers make mistakes that cause injury or harm, patients have the right to seek legal recourse. When medical negligence impacts your life, seek out a local attorney who will tirelessly pursue your interests. Seek out an Odessa medical malpractice attorney at Brown, Christie, & Green.
Experienced Malpractice Attorneys in Odessa
Our attorneys handle complex medical malpractice matters every day. We help victims obtain the justice they need to move on to a brighter future. Our experience has helped us build a network of respected expert physician witnesses we can rely on to provide a professional medical opinion about your treatment and even testify on your behalf.
What to Expect When you Hire an Odessa Medical Malpractice Attorney
The first that that will happen when you call our office is scheduling an initial consultation. During this consultation, our medical malpractice attorney will evaluate your concerns and give an opinion about whether your experience may constitute medical negligence.
If you choose to proceed with our firm, the next step is to gather all your medical records and bills. This can take several weeks, but the wait will be worthwhile. Having a complete picture of your treatment history and all the elements that contributed to your illness or injury is absolutely crucial to a successful claim.
Once we have a clear picture of what took place and who is at fault, it’s time to put a dollar amount on your suffering. Texas state laws provide some guidance, but every damage calculation will be somewhat unique because every victim’s story is one of a kind.
Calculating damages will take into account:
- Medical bills
- Anticipated future medical bills
- Lost wages or income
- Lost earning potential
- Increased cost of living for medical devices, medication, in-home care, or adaptive technology
- Burial and funeral costs, in cases of wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
Talk to an Odessa Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice, don’t wait to seek legal advice. Contact an Odessa medical malpractice attorney at Brown, Christie & Green for a free consultation. There are time limits for filing claims, so don’t wait. Call 1-800-600-4210 or contact us online now.
- Courtesy and respect
- Timely attention to needs
- Assessment of symptoms
- Accurate diagnosis
- Discussion of treatment options
- Seek a second opinion
- Accept or reject treatment
- Continuity of care with accepted standards
Patients have legal rights, and they should be empowered to speak up when something goes wrong.
What Texas Law Says About Wrongful Death
There is no greater form of medical negligence than causing the wrongful death of a patient. Texas law defines wrongful death as the death of one party caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default,” of another party.
Surviving spouses, children (including adult and adopted children) and parents of the deceased may file wrongful death claims on their loved one’s behalf in Texas. Either they may file individually, or together as a group.
The Process of Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
Like most civil matters, wrongful death cases may settle out of court, or may go to trial before a judge and jury. If a wrongful death matter proceeds to litigation, it can do so with or without a companion criminal matter. Criminal cases and civil cases are heard in different courts, and criminal homicide matters are filed by prosecuting attorneys, not by private citizens.
The primary concern of a civil wrongful death matter is damages, or a monetary sum meant to compensate the surviving family members (or estate) for the untimely loss of their loved one. Damages are calculated by counting the costs of:
- Lost earning potential
- Lost support, care, maintenance, advice, and counsel the deceased would have provided to the surviving family
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Lost love, companionship, comfort, and society
- Lost inheritance, which can include what the deceased would have saved and bequeathed to heirs if he or she had lived to a normal life expectancy
When the sum is tallied and damages are awarded, the funds are divided in proportions determined by the court to the surviving family members. Funds are distributed in proportion to the injury they suffered from the loss of their loved one.
Legal Guidance for Wrongful Death
If you have lost someone you love due to medical negligence, contact Brown, Christie, & Green today. Let our Odessa medical malpractice attorney help you learn more about your rights and options under the law. To schedule a free consultation, call 1-800-600-4210, or complete our online contact form.