Healthcare professionals and hospitals are entrusted to provide an excellent level of medical care to each patient. Mistakes are bound to happen, but when negligence is the cause of a patient’s life changing injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, the responsible parties must be held accountable.
Many instances of malpractice go unreported, since taking on medical professionals and the large institutions that support them can be intimidating. Our Austin medical malpractice lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm have the experience and resources to help you achieve justice and obtain full compensation. Call (512) 888-7777 or reach us through our online form to schedule a no-cost initial consultation.
A few of the common types of medical malpractice cases we represent include:
Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a study from John Hopkins. The families of lost loved ones and the victims who survive often face many financial burdens, in addition to the pain and confusion that medical malpractice brings. By pursuing a claim for medical negligence in Austin, you can seek to recover all damages caused, including compensation for past and future medical expenses and lost income, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.
In the state of Texas, a victim of medical malpractice must be able to prove the following in order to file and win their case:
A medical malpractice suit must be filed in Texas within two years of either:
This is what’s known as the statute of limitations (Texas Civil Code Sec. 74). It is also important to know the following:
Statute of Repose: Patients have a maximum of 10 years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit from when the negligence occurred, no matter when the injury is discovered or when long-term treatment stops.
Minors: For children under the age of 12, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed on their behalf by their 14th birthday.
Chapter 74 Complications: Under Texas law, all medical malpractice claims must be accompanied by an expert’s report on each defendant within 120 days of filing. Additionally, patients are required to provide written notice to every healthcare provider named in the lawsuit. Chapter 74 also places a cap on the amount of non-economic damages (e.g. pain and suffering) that a patient can obtain.
Medical malpractice litigation is extremely complicated and controlled by stringent laws. Learn how our Austin personal injury attorneys can help you in a free consultation. Get in touch with the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm today online or by calling (512) 888-7777. We’re committed to protecting and advocating for the rights of injured patients in Austin and throughout the state of Texas.