Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Houston Malpractice Attorney
When it comes to choosing a medical malpractice attorney in Houston, none are better than Houston Malpractice Attorney Joe Stephens, who is double board certified, and who has handled malpractice claims for almost 3 decades. Few lawyers have tried as many cases as Mr. Stephens, who has personally tried over 100 jury trials. His success rate is over 90 percent, due to hard work and his great trial skills. A lawyer must be the best in the business to handle medical malpractice cases because the negligent doctors hire the best lawyers money can buy.
The law allows a patient who has been harmed by medical malpractice to recover money for the harm that was done. First, if the patient was injured, he or she can recover for economic losses such as lost income, medical expenses, and other expenses that the patient has or will incur due to the malpractice. Additionally, the client can recover for the emotional harm, and suffering that he endured. These damages, known as non-economic losses, are limited to $250,000 per defendant under the law.
Houston medical malpractice attorney, Joe Stephens has tried many medical malpractice cases. His most recent case resulted in a $10.7 million dollar verdict against a doctor, and a medical clinic for prescribing highly addictive pain medication out of their “Pill Mill.” They gave the medication to a man who came in with back problems, and he was killed as a result of taking the medication in combination with his preexisting conditions.
In general, the following types of cases are potentially good medical malpractice cases. Medicare calls these cases “Medicare Never Events” and will not pay the hospital because Medicare believes the problem should “Never” happen.
Wrong surgical procedure on a patient
Surgical instrument or foreign object left in patient after surgery
Death after surgery in a normal healthy patient
Wrong limb or wrong patient operated on
Care Management Events
Medication error that causes death or serious harm
Transfusion of the wrong blood type
Errors associated with labor or delivery on a low-risk pregnancy which causes death or serious injury
Failure to identify and treat jaundice in newborns
Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers acquired after admission to a healthcare facility which cause death or serious injury
Electric shock and burns which causes serious harm while being cared for in a healthcare facility
Any incident in which a line designated for oxygen or other gas to be delivered to a patient contains the wrong gas or is contaminated by toxic substances
Patient Protection Events
New born baby discharged to the wrong person
Patient disappearance for more than four hours that causes death or serious injury
Product or Device Events
Patient death or serious injury due to use of contaminated drugs, devices, or biologics provided by the healthcare facility
Patient death or serious injury because a device used in patient care malfunctions in some manner, or is used in a manner that was not intended.
Death or serious injury due to an intravascular embolism that occurs in a healthcare facility
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Medical Malpractice has Increased
Mr. Stephens says that he always respected doctors and hospitals. His father was on the Board of Directors and founded the hospital in the little Oklahoma town where he grew up. When he got sick, his family doctor would come to his home to treat his family if they were really sick. He says he cannot imagine a more loving and caring profession whose life work is dedicated to relieving pain, curing illnesses, and helping mankind. Times have changed, and though there are many great doctors, some just don’t treat people like the should.
All to frequently, these days, hospitals and healthcare providers do not live up to the standard of care. They get sloppy, and careless, and quit listening to their patient. Some quite frankly just don’t care at all. Money is their concern, not the patient. In short, they not only breach the standard of care, but breach the sacred trust placed in them and cause needless injuries or death. Over 100,000 patients are killed in hospitals each year in this country due to medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Case Screening Criteria
You may ask, “Do I have a case?” Joe looks at the answers to three basic questions.
First, did the health care provider breach a recognized standard of care? That is, did he do, or fail to do something that a reasonably prudent doctor (or other healthcare provider) should have done under the circumstances. A doctor is permitted to make mistakes in judgment because medicine is an art, not a science on many decisions they make. Further, not every bad result is due to medical malpractice. Sometimes, bad things just happen even though the doctor uses appropriate care. However, there are recognized standards of care which must be followed, just like there are when we drive our cars. If the doctor runs the “medical red light” in these situations, and violates the standard of care, then he is negligent. A doctor who is familiar with the standard of care must testify that the doctor was negligent, or the law does not permit a patient to bring a case. Examples include situations where a doctor fails to diagnose timely diagnose cancer, fails to timely recognize signs of an impending heart attack, or stroke, or a hospital fails to take proper fall precautions to protect a patient at risk of falling.
Second, if we assume the doctor did something that was legally wrong, that is to say he was negligent, did this cause the patient to suffer harm, or to die. Suppose a doctor fails to timely diagnose cancer when he should have done so. For instance, suppose a radiologist pointed out on xray that a patient had findings that showed cancer, and the doctor didn’t read the report, and didn’t tell the patient. The question still remains as to whether the timely diagnoses would have made any difference in the patient’s survival. If not, then, the doctor’s mistake made no difference, and there is no case. Thus, a medical expert must be able to prove the medical error made a difference in the outcome, or caused the patient to suffer harm as a result.
Third, even if there is a case, is it going to do the client any good in the end to take the case? Medical malpractice cases are very expensive. As mentioned, medical experts must prove the case. They charge thousands of dollars to review the records and medical literature. When they testify, they charge a lot of money because they must take time away from their practices to give their opinions. Thus, if the cost of bringing the case is so high that the client will not be able to be fairly compensated at the end of the case, then it makes no sense to take the case. While it is a noble cause to fight for the principle of the matter, few clients can afford to front the expenses and fees to fight for principle. I take cases on a contingency basis, meaning he must believe there is a good chance to win the case in order to even get the expenses he advances on the case back. Thus, he limits the cases he takes to a select few.