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Has a surgical error left you suffering?

Your car has seatbelts to improve the chances that you will survive an accident. However, if you are in a hurry and don't take the time to buckle up, those restraints do no good. In the same way, your hospital likely has protocol for minimizing the risk of mistakes during surgery. If your surgical team doesn't take the time to follow the protocol, what good is it?

Texas doctor accused of surgical errors

Medical professionals receive an extensive amount of training and education, which is to be expected since these individuals oftentimes hold Texans' well-being in the palm of their hands. Although most of these professionals carry out their duties competently, far too often unsuspecting Texans are subjected to subpar care, which leaves them serious injuries. In these events, these victims may want to take action to find accountability and closure, as well as seek compensation for their damages.

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Previously, this blog discussed what must be shown in order to impose liability on a negligent medical professional. Although the law has only a few requirements that must be shown before someone can succeed on their medical malpractice claim, the truth of the matter is that each of these elements can have many contested factual components. The biggest, of course, is that there was a breach in the standard of care owed to a patient. Although legally this only presents one issue, there can be a number of acts and omissions that can leave the matter open for argument.

Keys to determining fault in a medical malpractice claim

The last thing any person expects when they walk into a doctor's offer is the chance that they will walk out in a condition worse than when they entered. Unfortunately, as we have said before, doctors and medical professionals are human, and human's make mistakes. Often these mistakes are minor, but there are situations when the mistakes made by doctors or medical professionals could lead a patient to a worsened condition or even death.

The basics of surgical errors

It could be every patient's worst nightmare. You go in for surgery, trust your doctor and medical team to address your injury or illness and leave the operation room in worse shape than you entered. Sometimes the error is obvious, such as operating on the wrong side of the body or on the wrong organ. But at times, the nightmare could be even worse when you consider the fact that you often are not even aware anything is wrong.

Pursuing compensation in a lawsuit for needless surgery

A Texan who is told by a doctor that he or she needs surgery has no reason not to believe that the doctor is right and the surgical procedure is required. That is why a person goes to the doctor: to get the diagnosis and be given a treatment for whatever the issue happens to be. However, there are instances when a doctor says that surgery is required and it really is not. This is dangerous in myriad ways and can lead to serious injury and even death.

Medical negligence can lead to dangerious infections at site of surgery

Every day hundreds of people undergo surgery in medical facilities across Texas. These procedures can range from the complex, such as with heart surgery, to relatively minor procedures, such as an incision and drainage of a wound. In any case, there is a level of risk involved, and negligence on the part of medical professionals can lead to surgical site infections.

Woman suffers rare skin condition after error and files lawsuit

Texans and people across the nation go to a doctor when they need medical assistance with an illness, condition or injury. They do so in the belief that the medical professional will provide reasonable care and thee will not be a glaring incidence of medical malpractice in their treatment, procedure or providing medication. Unfortunately, it is growing common for there to be medical errors that can leave people with severe damage they would otherwise not have had. When this happens, the person who was injured has the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Number of medical malpractice cases decline as awards rise

Texans who believe they have been injured by a doctor's mistake will undoubtedly understand that they have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation. However, keeping track of trends in legal filings related to medical malpractice is useful when determining what steps to take. One recent study has shown that the number of people who have filed medical malpractice lawsuits has declined substantially - by close to 56 percent from 1992 to 2014. Simultaneously, the amount that has been paid out in the cases that were filed has increased by 23 percent. This was an increase from $287,000 from 1992 to 1996 to $353,000 from 2009 to 2014.

Surgical errors may be linked to doctor demeanor

When a Texas resident goes for a surgical procedure, there is an implied trust that the doctor and his or her staff will pay strict attention to the task at hand and not make an egregious surgeon mistake that can lead to serious injury or death. It is an unfortunate truth, however, that these mistakes do happen and studies frequently try to determine why this is the case. An unusual discovery that has been made is that surgeons who are considered rude are more prone to making mistakes. According to the research, patients who are cared for by surgeons who receive the highest amount of complaints are 14 percent likelier to have patients with complications within 30 days of the procedure. This information comes from a study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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