HOUSTON, TX – According to one veteran lawyer, the claim that attorneys will bring any “frivolous” medical malpractice claim to court is simply a myth. No lawyer, according to Kay Van Wey, an attorney practicing in Texas, would bring a medical malpractice lawsuit to court if they didn’t believe they could win the claim for their client.
A report published in the Journal of Patient Safety says that medical errors kill more than 400,000 people in the United States every year. While there are certainly good doctors and other medical professionals practicing safe medicine, there are those who make errors and end up harming their patients.
One of the leading causes of medical malpractice, according to Van Wey, is miscommunication. That miscommunication may occur between medical professionals or between medical professionals and their patients. In either case, patients may suffer with injuries and those injuries can have lifelong consequences. Other reasons that have been cited for medical error include understaffed facilities, suboptimal working conditions and increased production demands.
Tort reform has put a cap on the amount that any patient may be awarded per incident. That same reform may also be the reason that cases are not pursued as vigorously as they once were. Taking a medical malpractice case to court may simply be too costly for some people and, for others, too time consuming.
If you believe that you have been injured at the hands of a doctor or other medical professional, call our offices today. A member of our team will review the details of your case and advise you if we believe that you are entitled to compensation under the law. Call now.