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Medical Malpractice

The lawyers of THOMAS & WAN have the resources and expertise to fight for you in your claim against a negligent hospital, nurse, doctor, pharmacist or medical technician.

Here are some examples of medical negligence cases we handle:

  • Operating on the wrong part of the body or the wrong patient.
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside the body.
  • Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, oxygen deprivation and umbilical cord strangulation.
  • Pregnancy risk factors such as preeclampsia, diabetes and group B strep.
  • Failing to monitor anesthesia properly.
  • Failing to diagnose a disease or injury.
  • Surgical mistakes such as spinal cord injury, paralysis, removal of wrong organ.
  • Giving the wrong medication or overdosing a patient.
  • Severe burns from medications or surgery
  • Ignoring obvious signs of an infection, stroke, heart attack or respiratory arrest.

When a patient is injured due to medical negligence, that patient can bring suit against anyone who has caused injury to the patient by virtue of a hospital or provider’s professional negligence. This includes the nurses, doctors, medical techs, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and other medical providers.

Medical MalpracticeExperts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. That’s more than die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS-three causes that receive far more public attention. Indeed, more people die annually from medication errors alone than from workplace injuries. And, although errors may be more easily detected in hospitals, the problems extend to every health care setting, including day-surgery and outpatient clinics, retail pharmacies, nursing homes and home care. Add the financial cost to the human tragedy, and medical error easily rises to the top ranks of urgent, widespread health problems.

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) seminal study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion. If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a category, these conclusions would make it the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Contrary to well-publicized insurance estimates, very few patients actually file suit against those health care providers. Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider like a doctor or nurse or hospital technician to render care in keeping with good and accepted medical techniques or principles.

It is a complex area that requires lawyers who know the changing Texas laws regarding the negligence of a physician, registered nurse, dentist, podiatrist, pharmacist, hospital or nursing home. We have extensive experience in the specialty of hospital and doctor medical malpractice. Make sure the attorney you hire has experience in this complex area of law—Thomas & Wan has over 30 years pursuing justice for victims of medical malpractice. Contact us today if you have been a victim of medical negligence.