Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney

High profile medical malpractice lawsuits has seen some coverage in the media but the majority of surgical errors, misdiagnoses and other forms of medical malpractice gets unreported.  Medical malpractice is much more common than most people think since it only becomes an issue in severe cases and even then it is often thought the person’s declining health contributed to the medical conditions.  An estimated 225,000 people die each year from some form of medical malpractice but only 2% ever file claims for compensation.

Attorney Paul Moody is an experienced personal injury attorney that has helped thousands of injured victims get the most money for their pain and suffering as a result of medical malpractice.  If you suspect that inappropriate actions by your medical care provider resulted in serious injury or medical condition, contact attorney Paul Moody.  He can help determine if you have a case to get compensated by the medical professional, hospital or association they work with.

What to do in case of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is a very common occurrence and can cause significant personal injuries and medical conditions.  Misdiagnoses is the most common form of medical malpractice.  If you feel you may be a victim of medical malpractice, follow these guidelines to get you pointed in the right direction

Medical malpractice victims should make their health their first priority. If you believe a doctor has made an error while diagnosing or treating you, it’s important to find another doctor as soon as possible to correct the medical mistake. The second doctor will most likely need to review your records and perform tests before diagnosing you.

The next item on your to-do list should be requesting copies of your medical records. These records will play an important role in your medical malpractice case, so it’s important to obtain a copy as soon as possible. The records will contain information regarding the symptoms you were experiencing, your medical history, tests performed, and medications prescribed. This information can often be used to prove that the doctor committed medical malpractice.

If you believe you are a medical malpractice victim, start keeping a journal where you can write down notes on your health. Describe the symptoms you are experiencing as a result of the medical error. You should also explain how the medical error has impacted your life. For example, if you have had to take time off of work to undergo treatment as a result of the error, jot this information down. Try to write in the journal everyday so there is a record of exactly what you endured because of the doctor’s mistake. The entries in this journal can be used as evidence in your medical malpractice case, so write in as much detail as possible.

Medical malpractice cases are incredibly complex, so it is strongly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney instead of attempting to represent yourself. Look for a personal injury attorney who has successfully handled medical malpractice cases in the past. It’s best to schedule a consultation with the attorney prior to signing paperwork to make sure they are a good fit for your case. Scheduling a consultation also gives you an opportunity to ask the attorney questions and learn more about their practice.

Medical Malpractice Statistics

It is generally accepted that medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.  Houston is home to the Medical Center, one of the largest concentrations of medical services in the country.  It is important that you are aware of situations that can lead to medical malpractice.

Deaths in hospitals because of preventable mistakes
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Malpractice Payments 2009-2018
Largest malpractice payout in US history

Types of Medical Malpractice

A study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that hospital errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, with approximately 440,000 deaths each year. Of all of the hundreds of thousands of medical mistakes that occur each year in hospitals and other medical settings, the most common preventable medical errors that may lead to medical malpractice claims include:


Failure to diagnose an illness is a common medical mistake. The most commonly misdiagnosed conditions are heart attack and cancer. The failure to diagnose life-threatening conditions can have devastating consequences and cause catastrophic injuries.

Surgical errors

Whether the surgical team left tools or sponges inside the body during surgery, the wrong side or site was operated on or even performed on the wrong patient. Surgical errors are another common medical mistake.

Failure to treat

This error occurs when the doctors correctly diagnoses a condition, but then fails to treat it in accordance with the acceptable standard of care for that condition. Discharging a patient too soon, or the lack of follow up care, can make conditions worse and lead to injury.

Birth injuries

A significant portion of medical malpractice claims are against OBGYNs for childbirth-related medical mistakes. Conditions such as shoulder dystocia or other nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and cephalohematoma are common birth injuries that could have been caused by medical errors.

Prescription drug errors

Doctors make errors in prescribing the wrong medication, incorrect dosing and administration of prescription drugs. Other drug errors include prescribing drugs that can cause harm in the patient when they interact with one another.

Paul Is Here To Help You

Medical malpractice can be hard to prove and complex case to represent.  Attorney Paul Moody is an experienced personal injury attorney with the resources, knowledge and experience to aggressively represent you against hospitals, doctors and insurance companies that will be fighting hard to deflect liability.  Trust the Moody Law Firm to give you the representation you need to win your case.

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