The injuries suffered during medical malpractice can be devastating. At the law firm of Charles J. Argento, our staff has witnessed what the suffering families endure first hand, and have made it our duty to represent these individuals in a court of law to help them obtain justice. Medical malpractice can be defined as negligence by a healthcare provider during treatment – or lack of treatment – while a patient was under their care. If you believe a physician or facility has been negligent to you or a loved one, our attorney can help you compile a detailed case against the responsible party.
Our medical malpractice attorney, Charles J. Argento, has represented numerous clients and their families who have suffered from medical negligence. Our goal is to assist each client in obtaining a settlement that will allow them to heal fully, while pursuing compensation from the negligent party that will cover not only their current expenses and lost wages, but future earnings and healthcare needs.
Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death
We trust our physicians and other medical professionals to devote their attention to providing us with the best possible treatment while we’re under their care. Unfortunately, careless errors among nurses and doctors are extremely common. Research shows that these errors are even more common than the public had realized previously, and are in fact the third-leading cause of death in the United States. When someone is fatally injured by a medical error, their cause of death is listed not as a medical error, but as the physical reason for their death. This fact long concealed the true frequency of deaths caused by medical mistakes until research by scientists at Johns Hopkins University exposed the frequency of these fatal errors.
The high cost of malpractice insurance and potential threats to professional licenses make medical professionals reluctant to admit that their errors in judgment, or simple negligence, resulted in serious or fatal injuries for their patient. For this reason, it’s critical to find a skilled Texas medical malpractice attorney to help you assess whether you have a right to compensation if you suspect that an error was to blame for your or your loved one’s injury.
Examples of Medical Malpractice & Negligent Care
Although each case is unique, some examples of negligence claims in this area of law include:
Failure to Diagnose: When patients suffer from life-threatening diseases, there may be a limited window for the patient to obtain successful treatment of the disease. An illness can quickly evolve from being one that is easily cured with medication or a simple procedure, to one that proves fatal. Patients who have been the victims of a failure to diagnose may be robbed of years of their life. Doctors must take careful note of any symptoms that patients describe, they must conduct the tests necessary to reach an accurate diagnosis, and they must take care in interpreting the results of those tests. Doctors must also conduct thorough differential diagnoses, so that no possible cause of a patient’s symptoms goes overlooked. This thoroughness when it comes to diagnosing a patient can be especially important when patients are suffering from cancer or have suffered a stroke or heart attack, when a missed diagnosis can result in irreversible injuries.
Communication errors: Patients who are spending an extended time in a hospital will receive treatment from a rotating panel of physicians and nurses. When one shift ends and another begins, it is critical that these doctors and nurses communicate clearly about the treatment that each patient is receiving, their current condition and symptoms, and any other information necessary to providing them with adequate care. These medical professionals must also make careful notes in the patient’s records regarding their condition and treatment. If doctors do not take careful notes, they may forget to mention critical information to the incoming rotation of doctors. If this communication doesn’t occur or is incomplete, the patient can suffer serious consequences.
Failure to Obtain Informed Consent: Physicians are obligated to explain each risk associated with their treatments, whether it is surgical or related to dangerous side effects of a prescribed medication. When physicians fail to do their due diligence, the patient suffers as a result.
Surgical Error: Undergoing even minor surgical procedures can leave patients vulnerable to complications and infection. Patients must be able to trust that their surgeon is competent, attentive, and educated on current best practices in their field. When surgeons fail to uphold this legal duty to carry out a medical procedure with the necessary care and skill, they can be held liable in court for any resulting injuries, or even for a wrongful death. Common surgical errors include: performing a surgical procedure on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong part of the body or insufficient or excess use of anesthesia, leaving a surgical instrument inside of patient or other kinds of damage that wasn’t present prior to the surgery.
Prescription Error: When patients are prescribed new medications, they trust their doctor and pharmacist to look for the possibility of harmful interactions with their existing prescription medications, or to alert them to any allergens that could cause an adverse reaction in the patient. They also trust that the pharmacist will take care in filling the prescription, using the correct medication in the correct dosage amount. Medication and prescription errors can result in painful side effects or, in extreme cases, even fatal injuries.
Find skilled legal help for your Houston medical malpractice claim
No matter where the healthcare malpractice treatment occurs, whether by the physician, nurses, assistants, anesthesiologist, pharmacist or even a personal information/data breach, the healthcare industry that is charged with your care can be held responsible for their failure to comply to reasonable care.
Even though the liability of a doctor or other medical professional for your injuries after an incident of malpractice may appear obvious, proving these claims can be challenging. Medical malpractice claims require the help of an attorney who not only has a record of success in seeking damages on behalf of injured victims, but also understands the technical aspects of a medical malpractice claim. You’ll need an attorney who can understand and successfully make use of medical records and scientific expert testimony when arguing your case, while also making them easy for a judge or jury to understand. Charles J. Argento has been seeking damages on behalf of Texas medical malpractice victims for years. His extensive knowledge of both the medical and legal fields makes him the right choice to bring your claim for money damages after an incident of medical malpractice in Houston. Contact him today for a free evaluation of your case.
Childbirth Injuries of the Mother or Infant
Another risky area of care that should tolerate no room for error by the physicians is labor and child birth injuries. Charles J. Argento has extensive experience in pursuing justice against hospitals, physicians and their staff when negligence occurs during pregnancy or childbirth, causing avoidable injury to mother or child (or both), had the health care provider applied the necessary attention and care. Some instances of birth injury can include, but are not limited to:
- Anoxic Brain Injury
- Birth Defects
- Birth Injuries
- Birth Related Seizure Disorders
- Brachial Plexus Palsy; Erb’s Palsy
- Brain Damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Fetal Brachycardia
- Forceps Injuries
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Nerve Damage
- Perinatal Asphyxia
- Perinatal Hypoxia
- Prenatal Asphyxia
- Shoulder Dystocia
Medical malpractice attorney, Charles H. Argento, understands that cases against the healthcare industry can be difficult to pursue. With a team of lawyers that represent insurance companies, medical groups and hospitals alike, our attorney ensures that our clients feel confident in their claim, not intimidated. Our attorney will fully investigate each possible medical malpractice case individually, while allowing you, the patient, to focus on your recovery.
Help is Available for Your Houston Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or a family member has experienced what you believe to be negligent medical care in Houston or the surrounding areas, despite your background or ability to pay an attorney up front, call us today. Our staff is friendly, bilingual and able to understand the complexity of any case beginning with a free initial consultation. Contact our office today at (713) 225-5050 to discuss your case and find out more about your rights to assist you in recovery while holding the negligent healthcare professional responsible for your injuries. You and your family are under no obligation to choose our firm even after we have an assessment of your case. We are simply here to help you understand how to proceed with a potential claim and offer assistance with the tedious and intimidating legal process.