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Did your bout of sepsis require a stay in the ICU?

Whether you were already in the hospital or had recently seen a doctor, you began to feel that something just wasn't right. As your condition began to deteriorate, doctors conducted an examination and diagnosed you with sepsis.

By the time you received this diagnosis, doctors put you into the intensive care unit for treatment. You may wonder how you got to this point and want to understand why you need this level of care.

Texas man dies because doctors miss medical emergency

Tragedy recently struck a Texas family when their 20-year-old son died from a highly unusual cause. The young man had choked on a bone while eating chicken nearly two weeks prior to his passing and experienced discomfort in his throat after the incident. The discomfort was so severe that he sought medical attention two times, but was sent home both times without any intervention.

His family believes that he was on his way to yet another medical visit when he suffered cardiac arrest. He was rushed to an emergency room where a CAT scan was performed on his throat. Upon viewing the scan, the man's family and doctors learned that he had a chicken bone lodged an inch into the side of this throat and that his body had entered septic shock because of the injury. Less than a week later the man passed away.

What risks are associated with forceps deliveries?

Obstetricians in Texas must be prepared to manage any problems or complications that may arise when their patients go into labor. Not only are they responsible for the lives of the women under their care, but they are also responsible for the health and safety of the babies that they deliver into the world. While some mothers may have smooth labors and deliveries that do not require any intervention, others may need support and intervention from their doctors to birth their babies.

Forceps are a common tool that can be used when labor and delivery stalls. Forceps are a tool that resembles a pair of spoons held together and that are placed around a baby's head to guide it out of the birth canal. Although the proper use of forceps should result in a healthy and safe birth, serious and deadly consequences can occur when they are used unnecessarily or improperly.

Patients are their own best advocates at their doctors' offices

Illness and injury can disrupt the lives of Texas residents. When health problems affect the ways that individuals engage with others, do their jobs and live their lives, they may turn to their doctors for help getting themselves back on track. In many situations, a doctor will adequately determine the cause of their patient's ailment and offer them a course of treatment that provides them with healing and relief. From time to time, however, doctors ignore the information that their patients provide and leave them with missed or wrong diagnoses.

While doctors are supposed to be medical experts, patients should know that they have rights when it comes to getting medical care. They can speak up for themselves and advocate for their own healthcare needs. When their requests are ignored they can find other medical professionals who are more responsive to their concerns.

Legal support for when surgical mistakes happen

A previous post here discussed complications that can arise when surgeons cause their patients to suffer gastrointestinal perforations. These painful and sometimes life-threatening errors can happen when doctors and other medical professionals fail to meet their standard of care in the treatment of their patients. Texas residents who suffer this devastating form of harm may have rights to sue for their damages based on surgical error claims.

Gastrointestinal perforations are not the only type of surgical mistakes that victims can endure from botched or faulty surgical procedures. Victims can suffer surgical mistakes when their doctors perform the wrong operations on their bodies, as well as when their doctors perform the correct surgeries, but in the wrong locations of the patient's body.

An undiagnosed infection from gallstones can lead to sepsis

The gallbladder stores bile for your liver. When hardened deposits develop in this small organ, they become gallstones. You may be lucky enough for these stones to pass out of your gallbladder without causing you any harm.

Then again, you may not be quite so lucky. Gallstones can lead to inflammation, infection and blockage of your gallbladder. Your doctor may need to remove it. However, if your doctor fails to diagnose the infection in enough time, you could contract sepsis, which is your body's extreme response to the infection and can put you in the hospital and jeopardize your life.

The risk of preeclampsia doesn't end with the birth of a child

You may have heard that the treatment for preeclampsia is delivering your child. While that may be true, you could easily be misled into believing that giving birth cures the condition. In reality, it does not. Childbirth is only a treatment, albeit a good one, but it does not remove the danger to you.

Even if you didn't experience preeclampsia during your pregnancy, you could still suffer from it for up to around six weeks after the birth of your child. You may not immediately recognize that something is wrong considering the fact that you are more than likely busy with a newborn and feel exhausted.

Complications related to gastrointestinal perforations

Gastrointestinal perforations are holes in the walls of the organs involved in the stomach and intestines. While many diseases and disorders can cause them to form, some Texas residents may develop gastrointestinal perforations after undergoing surgeries in their abdominal cavities. When a gastrointestinal perforation develops after a surgical procedure, the cause may be negligence committed on the part of the patient's doctors, nurses and other operating staff.

Gastrointestinal perforations can have incredibly serious consequences. Patients generally experience symptoms when these complications happen, but these symptoms can be easily confused for other illnesses. For example, signs of gastrointestinal perforations can include nausea, fever and pain. These side effects are similar to stomach illnesses and even the common flu. A person may mistake their condition for something that may heal on its own and may choose not seek further medical help.

What long-term effects can brain injury victims suffer?

A brain injury that results from medical malpractice can be a devastating event in the life of a Texas resident. The victim of a medical procedure or treatment gone wrong may require long-term care and support to help them live with the serious consequences of brain injuries.

Victims of brain injuries can suffer acute pain. They may be troubled with persistent headaches and may suffer from bouts of nausea that result in vomiting. The physical symptoms of their injuries can range from disrupted sleep to dizziness and coordination problems to the draining of fluids from their noses and ears. Even after an injury allegedly heals it may continue to harm its victim.

When erroneous treatment harms patients

Getting the right medical treatment in a timely manner can be imperative to securing a full recovery from an aggressive disease or serious injury. In the case of cancer, a brain injury or other serious condition, the failure of a medical professional to properly identify and manage a patient's condition can make a critical difference in the way in which the patient does or does not recover from the ailment. Doctors in Texas and throughout the nation are expected to use proper medical techniques to diagnose and treat those who are under their care.

However, as our readers know, mistakes happen in the medical field and oftentimes when they do patients suffer harm. One way that patients may be subjected to malpractice at the hands of medical professionals is when they are the victims of erroneous treatments. An erroneous treatment is a treatment given to a patient for a disease or condition that they do not have.

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