Corpus Christi Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals take care of us in our most vulnerable states. We count on and trust doctors and nurses to do their utmost to help us through our most difficult times. While there are some instances when nothing can be done to improve our condition, there are also times when the actions or inactions of the health professionals caring for us can exacerbate our ailment. The Corpus Christi medical malpractice attorneys at Carabin & Shaw have worked with many victims of mismanaged healthcare.
Health professionals are obligated to provide a basic standard of care and, as patients, we expect a certain level of attention that should not deviate between physicians. When health professionals decide to stray from best practices and the results leave patients with greater suffering, there could be cause for a medical malpractice claim to be made. Having the right attorney analyzing your case can provide some insight as to whether you have a case and your claim is worth pursuing.
Many examples of medical malpractice in Corpus Christi involve neglect. While doctors may make conscious decisions to depart from standard practices, there are also times when medical professionals fail to implement critical care due to neglect. Failing to have patients get critical screenings, lab work, or scans before offering a diagnosis can completely change the direction of treatment. Mishandling or misreading lab results can omit vital information when formulating a diagnosis. Lacking critical information can lead to unnecessarily aggressive treatments, unnecessary surgery, inadequate treatments, or the prescription of drugs that aggravate a patient’s condition rather than help. Additionally, prescribed dosage for the correct medication may be too low or too high depending on whether the medical professional adequately researched the patient’s other medications or other conditions.
In addition to victims with misdiagnoses, there are also those that have had the correct diagnosis, yet due to negligent handling of paperwork, had the wrong treatment. Mistakes in typing up paperwork or misreading of paperwork may have a surgical patient set to have surgery on their right leg, awaken to find that they had work done on their left. This may sound ridiculous, but these types of mistakes unfortunately are not uncommon, and the root of the misstep could be tied to any stage in the process – from doctor to nurse to surgeon.
Even patients who have had the correct surgical procedure may not have had adequate aftercare or rehabilitative services and were left in worse condition months later. Often these patients are not aware that their suffering is tied to the lack of aftercare from the medical treatment they received months prior. The Corpus Christi medical malpractice attorneys at Carabin & Shaw are experienced in helping victims piece through their medical files to understand what questions they should be asking their doctors.
Having a medical malpractice attorney in Corpus Christi that understands the different types and examples of medical malpractice is crucial in determining whether your suffering can be compensated. Our attorneys clarify what the next steps for medical malpractice victims in Corpus Christi are:
- Address your concern with your doctor. Treatment for the problem may come at no additional cost if the doctor recognizes the problem.
- Talk to a well-qualified attorney who can evaluate your case and let you know if you have a claim.
- Get copies of your medical records, or ask your attorney to do this for you.
- Keep detailed documentation of your visits, treatments and care.
- Continue to get appropriate medical attention as needed, but change providers if you feel that treatment continues to be inadequate.
It is also important to keep in mind that many medical malpractice claims come with a two-year statute of limitations, so it is important to address concerns as soon as they are recognized. Waiting too long can not only make health issues worse, but can make malpractice claims more difficult to prove.
As a medical malpractice attorney serving Corpus Christi, your Carabin & Shaw attorney will work to get you the compensation you deserve. It can be difficult to take the first steps toward making a claim, especially if you are unsure of whether your treatment was appropriate. Most of us know when something doesn’t feel right, but we often can be uncertain when we have a right to make a claim against wrongdoing.
Carabin & Shaw can help take the guesswork out of the process. Do not hesitate to call one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys today. Our bilingual legal team is available day and night to answer your questions, and initial consultations are free. Call our Corpus Christi office at 361.444.1111 or toll free at 1.800.862.1260.
The Carabin Shaw Offices in Corpus Christi are located two blocks south of the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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