Who Can Be Held Accountable for Medical Malpractice?
Odessa medical malpractice is more common than any of us would like to believe. A recent study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University estimates that medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths per year. This data indicates that malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This staggering number only accounts for fatalities and does not include serious, life-altering injuries caused by the negligent actions of healthcare professionals. At the law firm of Carabin Shaw, we have on our staff medical malpractice attorneys serving Odessa with many years of experience. If you are an Odessa resident and believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us today.Establishing Malpractice
There are a few crucial elements in the legal process of establishing medical malpractice and misdiagnosis in Odessa. Malpractice occurs when a medical professional:
- Acts in a way that fails to meet the accepted standard of care.
- Directly causes injury to a patient through their actions or inactions.
If you sustained injuries in a healthcare setting due to the negligence or omission of a healthcare professional or hospital, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. You will want to contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible to begin reviewing your legal options.Multiple Individuals Can Be Responsible for Medical Errors
Who can be held accountable for medical malpractice? As a patient receiving healthcare services, you may interact with individuals in many different roles, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, aides, and administrators. Odessa medical malpractice cases might involve negligence on the part of multiple individuals. In some cases, however, hospitals or outpatient clinics may be liable for patient injuries if they fail to create a working environment that actively safeguards patient safety.
For example, the family of a six-year-old Midland girl filed a medical malpractice suit against a Midland hospital, Midland Pediatric Associates, Midland Emergency Management, and three Midland doctors. The family claims “gross negligence” on the part of the doctors who failed to identify common symptoms of appendicitis the girl was experiencing throughout several visits to the emergency room. The girl sustained grave injuries as a result of not receiving the care she needed promptly.Hospitals with Failing Grades
In May 2019, local news in the Midland-Odessa area reported that two local hospitals received “near-failing” grades regarding their safety and quality. The non-profit group that conducted the study noted that these near-failing grades mean a patient is almost twice as likely to die in these hospitals compared to an “A” grade hospital. The frightening reality for Odessa resident is that local hospitals are struggling to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients.
If you are wondering if medical professionals were partly responsible for causing your injuries, you should contact our medical malpractice attorneys serving Odessa today. One of our experienced lawyers will review the details of your case thoroughly and begin the process of determining if you have a malpractice claim.Reach Out to Carabin Shaw Today
Odessa medical malpractice can change the course of a family’s life forever. If medical negligence seriously harmed you or a loved one, our attorneys in Odessa can help you determine your next steps. The law firm of Carabin Shaw has over twenty years of experience handling cases like yours, and our reputation rests on getting results.
Our lawyers offer free phone consultations to potential clients because we want you to feel confident choosing us to represent you. Throughout this conversation, we will listen to you and answer any questions you have for us. You deserve to feel confident in your choice of representation.
Call us locally at 432-620-0544 or toll-free at 1-800-862-1260.