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Debunking myths about filing for medical malpractice in Texas

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from the standards of their profession, leading to patient injury or death.

In Texas, patients who believe they have suffered due to medical malpractice often hesitate to file a claim. Their hesitation is often due to misconceptions about the process and its outcomes. These myths can prevent individuals from seeking the justice and compensation they deserve. Understanding the facts can help clarify what medical malpractice involves and how the claims process works.

Myth: it’s too difficult to prove medical malpractice

One common myth is that medical malpractice is nearly impossible to prove, discouraging many from even beginning the process. However, with the correct information and documentation, such as medical records, witness statements, and expert testimonies, one can establish a strong case. These pieces of evidence can demonstrate how a healthcare provider’s actions deviated from standard practices.

Myth: only surgical errors qualify as malpractice

Another misconception is that medical malpractice cases are only valid in the context of surgical errors. In reality, medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, childbirth injuries, medication errors, and poor aftercare or management. Any medical error that causes harm due to negligence can potentially be a case of malpractice.

Myth: malpractice claims always result in huge financial payouts

People often believe that malpractice claims automatically result in large financial settlements. While some cases do result in significant compensation, especially if the malpractice led to severe or permanent damage, each case varies based on the specifics of the harm done and the evidence provided. Not all claims lead to large payouts, and some may not result in any compensation.

By debunking these myths, patients and their families can better navigate their options when they believe medical negligence has occurred.

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