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Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney

Houston is home to one of the largest medical centers in the United States.  Doctors and other medical personnel help people everyday but sometimes whether through negligence or carelessness causes serious injuries.

Medical professionals have a legal duty to provide care that does you no harm.  It is a professional obligation that has been passed on for centuries.  To do this, doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners must maintain a high level of skill, training and education.  But when they fail to render proper care and treatment, the consequences can be disastrous and sometimes fatal.  Medical malpractice is defined as when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.

The Molina Law Firm has been representing injury victims for over 30 years helping them navigate the sometimes complex legal fight against the medical professionals that may have caused them pain and suffering.  Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing up front and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case.  Don’t go against the insurance carriers alone.  Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf.  We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain and suffering.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or has died from medical malpractice, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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Common Medical Malpractice Claims?

Medical malpractice comprises of many different situations and can also result from a combination of services, procedures and overall care.  They take place in hospitals, doctor’s offices or any other medical facility.  Here we will go through several of the more common malpractice claims that are filed on any given year.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics

Some estimates state that over 200,000 people die each year from medical malpractice stemming from surgical errors to incorrect diagnosis or prescribing the wrong medications or treatment in addition to not even diagnosing a medical problem at all.  Medical malpractice is the third most common reason for death in the United States.

  • About 2% of people who have suffered from medical malpractice actually file a legal case for compensation typically because the person was not aware since most people implicitly trust medical personnel.
  • The total economic cost including lost income, lost household production, disability and healthcare costs exceed $60 billion annually due to medical malpractice.
  • Statistics show that nearly 12,000 people die each year due to a surgery they might not have needed.
  • In a 2019 Harvard Health Study, 80% of malpractice cases were related to serious patient injuries or death.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, passed away or had their medical condition worsen due to medical malpractice, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a medical malpractice claim worth?

For patients who have suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, three kinds of damages are usually available through a lawsuit:

  • General damages. This is compensation for the suffering caused by the malpractice — things like physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
  • Special damages. These are the more quantifiable expenses linked to the malpractice. Special damages include medical bills and reimbursement for lost income due to time missed at work.
  • Punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish a physician or medical facility for conduct that is seriously egregious (where a patient was intentionally harmed, for example). Punitive damages are rare in medical malpractice cases.

What constitutes medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed because a doctor (or other medical professional) failed to perform competently under accepted standards of medical care. In order to prove medical malpractice, it must be shown that the doctor was negligent in some way — that is, not reasonably skillful and careful in treating the patient. A doctor’s negligence might be established by proof that the doctor:

  • failed to diagnose (or misdiagnosed) an illness or condition
  • did not follow proper medical procedure in treating a patient, or
  • forgot to warn a patient of known risks of a procedure or prescription drug.

There are other elements that must be established in a medical malpractice claim — including the existence of a doctor-patient relationship and damages linked to a resulting injury.

What should I do if I think I have a medical malpractice claim?

You should talk to a lawyer who specializes in such cases, as soon as possible. Tell the attorney exactly what happened, from your first visit to the doctor or other health care provider, through your last contact with him or her. If possible, obtain your medical records and bring them to your first meeting with the attorney. There are time limits governing how long someone may wait to bring a medical malpractice claim, so time is of the essence.

Talk to Attorney Rick Molina Today!

Medical malpractice is prevalent in the United States even with all the modern advances.  The aging population has put a strain on our medical community and sometimes accidents occur.  Patients typically have trust in their medical professionals to render care and treatment to make their condition better.  When they fail to render this professional and legal level of care, medical malpractice can and does happen.  Attorney Rick Molina is an experienced personal injury attorney.  He can talk with you or a loved one and let them know the options available.  Medical malpractice claims takes proper investigation and knowledge so it is a good idea to retain an attorney to help you in the process.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay us nothing up front and a percentage when we win your case.  We have helped hundreds of people over the past 30 years to get back on their feet after serious injuries and we can help you!

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