Most health care providers are responsible, caring professionals who are committed to their patients. However, even well-meaning health care providers make mistakes that can have devastating effects on a patient’s life, health and family. Preventable medical errors cause hundreds of thousands of patient deaths each year throughout the U.S.
Medical Malpractice Law in Texas has changed drastically as a result of “tort-reform” efforts. The result is that many attorneys will no longer consider taking a medical malpractice case, regardless of the merits, because of the caps on the amount of money recoverable in these type of cases under Texas law. For example, Texas law caps non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering) at $250,000 per defendant and $500,000 maximum regardless of the number of defendants. Economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages are not capped. However, if the patient’s medical bills were paid by an employer sponsored health plan, the health plan often has the right to recover all of its medical bill payments before the patient can recover a single penny.
William G. Rossick, LLLP has the experience, necessary understanding and empathy to help medical malpractice victims navigate “tort reform” and other unfavorable Texas law. We employ a strict screening and evaluation process where we believe the best decision is not always to file a lawsuit. Nonetheless, we encourage you to contact us as soon as you can. In most cases, Texas law gives victims just two years to file a lawsuit. In some cases, when the medical provider causing the harm is a governmental entity, there is a much shorter time period when the government must receive notice of the medical malpractice claim. For example, when a hospital caused the harm, many times the hospital is a county run facility. In that instance, the injured patient must give the county notice of the claim within 6 months, so do not delay contacting us.