Damon Richards has a history of cases in New Mexico and Texas involving gross negligence by medical institutions. By suing the doctors, nurses, hospitals, and universities involved he has taken actions that result in stunningly large settlements that aid in repairing the damage caused by medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice occurs in a great variety of circumstances, and has been documented in every state in the U.S. The medical malpractice attorneys at Damon Richards Law Firm in are highly experienced lawyers who fight to obtain compensation for the individuals and families who have been impacted by medical malpractice. Our attorneys have the medical knowledge and legal skill to protect the rights of people injured by substandard medical care.
A Broad Spectrum of Medical Malpractice
Examples of medical malpractice are numerous; in fact, many people know someone who was harmed by malpractice in the healthcare industry at some point. Some of the most common categories of medical malpractice include:
- birth injuries
- burns, pressure ulcers, or a fall during the patient’s hospital stay
- failure to obtain the patient’s consent for a medical procedure
- infections related to a stay in the hospital
- misinterpretation of X-rays or other types of imaging
- mistakes during surgery
- misuse of medical devices
- surgery at the wrong site or even on the wrong patient
- surgical instrument left inside a patient after surgery
- the wrong dose of medicine or the wrong medicine administered
- transfusion errors
The spectrum of medical malpractice ranges from minor mistakes that are easily corrected, to life-threatening accidents, permanent disability, and death. In fact, it is estimated that 80,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to medical malpractice.
Definition of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is generally defined as medical care that does not meet the expected standard of care. The malpractice may be on the part of any member of the community of healthcare professionals, such as:
- paramedics / EMTs (emergency medical technicians)
- primary care physicians
- specialists (e.g., oncologists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists)