San Antonio Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We Have the Knowledge and Skills Clients Need to Prevail
Every year, between 250,000 and 440,000 people lose their lives as a result of preventable medical mistakes. Millions more are affected by injuries and the devastating losses associated these terrible errors. At Brown, Christie & Green, each medical malpractice lawyer believes that victims of medical malpractice deserve a chance to stand up for their rights and pursue the compensation they deserve.
Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, and you deserve an attorney who has what it takes to get results.
As a medical malpractice lawyer, our attorneys represent clients in all sorts of medical malpractice cases, including those involving doctors offices, hospitals, surgical centers, nursing homes, pharmacies, or manufacturers.
No matter what type of injury or loss you have experienced, the team at Brown, Christie & Green has the knowledge and skills you need to get results. Our medical malpractice attorneys represent clients throughout Texas, and have also been involved in healthcare litigation across the U.S.
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Defective medical devices
- Dangerous drug injuries
- Surgical errors
Medical malpractice injuries are devastating for victims and their families.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?
The practice of medicine is not foolproof. There are no guarantees, and the uniqueness of every patient and medical condition can make diagnosis and treatment complex. Understanding that any human being is capable of making mistakes, it is important to understand how the legal system differentiates between mistake and malpractice.
To qualify as medical malpractice, you must establish that your claim meets the following criteria:
- A doctor-patient relationship exists between you and the healthcare provider.
- The healthcare provider’s care fell below the accepted medical standard of care (the healthcare provider was negligent in some way).
- There is a clear connection between the healthcare provider’s negligent act or omission and the event that caused you harm.
- The harm you have experienced can be quantified into damages (losses).
The two most difficult criteria to prove include identifying the medical standard of care and proving that the healthcare provider breached said standard. Consider the following:
- Medical Standard of Care: To determine if your case qualifies as medical malpractice, you must identify the accepted medical standard of care. This process often involves interviewing expert witnesses – other healthcare providers or experts – who can testify to the generally accepted methods of diagnosing or treating a patient with the same condition. These experts are generally chosen based on their experience with the same or similar conditions and their geographic location.
- Proving a Breach: Once you have identified the medical standard of care, the next step is proving that your healthcare provider fell short of that standard. To do this, you must provide detailed accounts of your experience with this healthcare provider. During this process, your attorney will call on those expert witnesses to guide the jury through your situation – your condition, diagnostic methodology, treatment, or any errors or omissions made. The expert witness will then provide a description of the care he or she would have provided to a patient in the same situation based on the standard of care.
While these two elements are among the most complex and crucial to determining if a case qualifies as medical malpractice, it is important to remember that malpractice may occur at any point in the process of providing healthcare. Medical malpractice is a legal concept that encompasses far more than just diagnostic or treatment errors. Fill out our contact form to see how our medical malpractice lawyer can help you.