Compassionate Fort Worth Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Legal advocacy for patients injured by medical negligence in Texas
We put an implicit trust in our doctor-patient relationship. We rely on our physicians, surgeons, nurses and other health care providers to provide proper care and treatment not only to keep us healthy, but also appropriate for our condition. What we do not expect is for our health care providers to cause us harm. When a doctor, physician, or other medical professional acts in a negligent manner and you or a loved one suffers injury, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Fort Worth medical negligence attorneys fight for patient rights when careless professionals cause them injury and harm. With a powerful and experienced in-house health care liability litigator and a legal team with decades of experience, we bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to your case. When we take your medical malpractice claim, we are ready to fight for justice and the compensation to which you are entitled. We can help.
What is the definition of medical negligence?
Medical negligence or malpractice occurs when a health care provider or professional fails to give a patient care that meets the accepted standards of what a reasonably prudent provider would do in a similar situation, under similar circumstances. As a result, this failure causes the patient injury, illness, or a worsened condition or death.
For a successful medical malpractice case, our attorneys prove the following elements: that you and your provider had a professional relationship, that your provider acted negligently, and that those negligent acts caused you injury and losses.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered harm from medical negligence, the lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger can sit down with you and investigate the details of your claim.
How common is medical malpractice?
Medical negligence is one of the primary fatality causes in the United States. In 2016, the Washington Post reported it as the third-leading cause of death, “claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”
Between 2013 and 2017, the most common medical negligence claims were diagnostic errors, making up a full 33 percent of claims. Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis can all cause a patient permanent injury and harm – their condition may worsen, or they may develop injury from undergoing treatment for a condition they don’t have.
Are Fort Worth hospitals safe?
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit group compiling data on national hospital errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. They provide patients and consumers with grades on area hospitals for their own information and research purposes. Following are their ratings on hospitals and centers in the Fort Worth area.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
6100 Harris Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76132-4199
Texas Health Huguley Hospital
11801 South Fwy
Burleson, TX 76028-7021
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center - Fort Worth
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4192
John Peter Smith Hospital
1500 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4917
Medical City Fort Worth
900 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104-3986
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104-2122
There are many potential forms of malpractice, which can cause a range of injuries. The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger put their experience to work determining exactly what happened and who should be held responsible for your injuries and losses.
What kinds of injuries are caused by medical negligence?
Understanding what type of injury you have can help your legal team determine how it was caused. Common injuries caused by medical malpractice include things like:
- Anesthesia injury. Inexperienced or careless anesthesiologists can cause patients serious or fatal traumatic brain injury if they don’t properly monitor a patient throughout and after a procedure.
- Allergic reaction or overdose. Patients can experience adverse reaction when prescribed the wrong medication, an incorrect dosage, or a medication to which they are allergic. When medication errors occur on the pharmacy end, it’s known as pharmaceutical malpractice.
- Birth injuries. Newborns can suffer disabling injuries like cerebral palsy or brain injuries when an obstetrician is negligent during labor and delivery. Failure to perform a timely Cesarean section or failure to monitor fetal vital signs can lead to birth injuries.
- Nurse anesthetists [CRNAs] operating beyond their skills. Nurse anesthetists can be appropriate parts of the health care team, but they must operate only within the limits of their licensure. Failure to properly supervise CRNAs can lead to injury, complications, or death.
- Other nurses managing anesthesia. In some office or minor surgery settings, a nurse (not even a CRNA) can administer sedation. Injury occurs when a nurse’s lack of education, training or supervision leads to over-sedation, coma, and even death.
Whatever your injuries, the strong litigators at Slack Davis Sanger are ready to fight for you.
How can a Fort Worth medical malpractice attorney help my case?
With attorneys on staff who specialize in medical negligence law and litigation, you can rest assured that the team at Slack Davis Sanger performs a thorough evaluation of your case. If we determine malpractice occurred, we launch a full investigation into the incident that caused your injuries to find out who or what was at fault.
We evaluate the extent of your injuries and the effect on your life. Our attorneys prepare your case for trial, whether or not the case ultimately goes to trial or settles. We want the at-fault party to understand that we are serious, we mean business, and we are ready to litigate from the beginning. When we take your medical malpractice case, we utilize our attorneys, in-house nursing consultant and retained outside experts and show the court and jury how negligence caused your injuries and losses. Our legal team also steps in and handles all communications and negotiations with the insurance companies, allowing you to take the time you need to heal from the trauma you experienced.
What is the statute of limitations for medical negligence in Texas?
With a two-year statute of limitations on claims for medical malpractice, it is crucial you consult with a Fort Worth attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
Because this statute of limitations has several exceptions, only an experienced lawyer can tell you when you’re eligible to file your claim. Generally, you have two years. However, in cases where the injured party is a minor, this period may be extended. When the injured party is a government employee, there are notice requirements that are very short – as little as six months.
Determining the statute of limitations on a medical negligence case can be complicated, which is why it’s important to talk to the attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger before making any decisions about your case. We can answer all your questions and advise you on the optimal next steps.
Dedicated, honest Fort Worth medical malpractice attorneys
Injuries from medical negligence can be life-altering and disabling. Ensure you have strong legal representation on your side with the lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger. We assert your rights and work to secure financial compensation for your losses, holding the right people accountable for the harm they’ve caused. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.
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Fort Worth, TX 76102
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