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Family sues Texas healthcare center for wrongful death

Readers in Houston, Texas might assume that working at a healthcare center could increase the level of care that person receives if a surgery is required. Unfortunately, one Texas healthcare worker may have received just the opposite when she went in to her healthcare center. Due to fatal complications following surgery, the healthcare worker died the next day. Her family is now suing the medical facility for wrongful death due to negligence.

In 2011, the woman went in for routine gallbladder surgery. Afterwards, she was given several painkillers. The next day, she was found dead. The lawsuit claims the woman didn't have her vital signs checked. It also states that while hospital staff checked on her, they simply noted that she was snoring. The suit further claims that two doctors signed affidavits saying that the snoring could have been a sign of a bigger problem, and that nurses failed to monitor the woman.

Legal liability for injuries caused by medical malpractice can be established under a number of legal theories, although most cases proceed under the theory of negligence.

A plaintiff must show that a medical professional's conduct fell below a generally accepted standard of medical care. The plaintiff will also have to present testimony showing the applicable standard of care, as well as testimony establishing that the medical professional failed to meet that standard. If a plaintiff can meet all the required elements of negligence, then he may be entitled to compensation awarded by a court. That is the goal that the family of this Texas woman will be trying to achieve in their wrongful death suit against the Basin Healthcare Center.

Source: News West 9, "Family Suing Odessa Healthcare Center for Wrongful Death," Oct. 3, 2012

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