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Failure to Treat or Diagnose Coronavirus | Houston Medical Malpractice

As the coronavirus spreads through Texas, many people in Houston rely on accurate medical testing provided by professionals. Unfortunately, Texas currently lacks adequate testing materials, making it even more difficult to accurately diagnose and treat COVID-19. Failure to treat or diagnose coronavirus may result in extreme sickness or death. The Houston medical malpractice lawyers of Carabin Shaw understand this is a time of uncertainty and are here to support you, which is why we are offering free consultations via phone or video. Connect with one of our lawyers today.

Coronavirus Testing Guidelines in Texas

The national shortage of tests for Coronavirus impacts many densely populated cities, such as Houston, where there are almost 7,000 confirmed cases. Harris County Public Health noted those who experience the following should be tested for COVID-19:

  • People with a fever and/or have other symptoms like coughing, trouble breathing, and diarrhea
  • People who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • People with other health conditions like diabetes, lung disease, hypertension, or pregnancy
  • People aged 60 or older
  • Healthcare workers (eg. hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) and first responders

Contact your doctor if you believe you may have contracted coronavirus and they will help determine whether or not you need to be tested. The lack of tests may lead to a failure to treat or diagnose coronavirus, which can lead to injury or death. Coronavirus is particularly dangerous to elderly populations. If you or a loved one has suffered coronavirus related injuries due to a failure to test, then you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with an attorney today for more details.

Who Can I Sue for Coronavirus Related Injuries?

Certain environments such as nursing homes and places of work may be hotbeds for infection, especially when dealing with vulnerable populations, such as the elderly or immunocompromised. Federal and state guidelines require surveillance, protection, isolation, communication, and evaluation. Failure to follow these guidelines may create the potential for legal issues, particularly regarding negligence on behalf of the facility.

You may, however, be unable to sue a specific doctor or medical care worker due to COVID-19. Many doctors are seeking medical malpractice protection during this unprecedented time. Consider connecting with a lawyer to answer your coronavirus lawsuit Houston questions.

What Damages Could a Facility Be Responsible For?

Damages include the following:

  • Medical Expenses: Including transportation and long and short term treatments.
  • Pain and Suffering: Serious pain and discomfort
  • Emotional Distress: Development of anxiety or depression
  • Loss of Consortium: Wrongful death of a spouse or child

We are still unsure of the extent of damage the coronavirus will do or how much total treatment will cost. And even though insurance providers are doing their best to provide treatment, not everyone will see these benefits. Houston medical malpractice lawyers working on COVID-19 cases want to provide justice to those patients who were unable to receive adequate and safe treatment, especially those confined to long term care facilities. If you or a loved one has suffered due to COVID-19, then you may be eligible for financial compensation. Speak to a lawyer today.

What Should I Do Next?

If you have experienced a tragedy related to this illness and are interested in filing a coronavirus lawsuit Houston, attorneys are waiting to speak to you about your potential case. Medical malpractice lawyers recognize this is a time of uncertainty. Unfortunately, some nursing homes have been neglectful of coronavirus cases, thereby causing harm to their residents. If your loved one was denied testing or treatment, then you may have a case.

If you’re looking for an attorney who will support you in this uncertain time, call Carabin Shaw. We’re offering a free initial consultation via phone or video chat. Call our Houston office to see how we can fight for you. Call us at (800) 862-1260 today.

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