When someone enters a hospital, they are under the assumption that they will be treated in the most professional manner possible and that every effort will be taken to address the illness, injury or procedure. In a vast majority of instances, this is the case, and the patient leaves in better condition than before, or at least with the confidence that their condition was properly addressed and a satisfactory prognosis has been given.
Birth injuries can take many forms. In a vast majority of cases, the birth of a child is a success, the result a healthy child and happy parents. Unfortunately, there are cases where a child is injured during delivery, due to any number of preventable and unpreventable reasons.
A medical malpractice claim involving misdiagnosis was recently brought by the victim in Texas. In her lawsuit, the woman asserts that doctors failed to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat her medical condition. The victim further asserts that as a result, she suffered injuries that were serious and disabling injuries, including a resection of a large segment of her gastrointestinal tract. The victim suffered physical harm, pain and suffering and medical expenses as a result of the failure to diagnose. The woman is seeking compensation for the damages she has suffered.
After a surgical procedure in Texas, the patient and the patient's family will feel a certain amount of relief once it is over and the medical staff lets them know that the issue for which the surgery was necessary has been dealt with. Many will forget that there is always a possibility of a post-surgical complication that can result in severe injury and even the loss of a loved one. One such danger is a pulmonary embolism. Understanding what this is and knowing whether it was a medical mistake or not is a key to determining the next course of action and if a lawsuit is necessary.
Next month, the Texas Supreme Court will hold an important hearing that may have a lasting impact in the state regarding medical malpractice suits and government employees. The suit, Dr. Leah Anne Gonski Marino v. Shirley Lenoir, comes from the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, and concerns whether government employees such as medical residents can be protected from acts of their own negligence by governmental employee immunity. LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, will be hosting the court's oral arguments for the case the morning of February 16, 2017.
With a change in power in both houses of Congress and the presidency, Americans are waiting to see what these next few years bring to the country. Texans should be aware that some political leaders want "tort reform" as part of the transition away from President Obama's Affordable Care Act to the next, to-be-determined health care plan. In fact, several lawmakers are questioning the validity of many medical malpractice suits, claiming that frivolous lawsuits are negatively affecting health care costs, including increases in insurance premiums.
If you have been injured while receiving medical treatment, you may wonder what is considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can include doctor errors, medical mistakes, medication errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose and wrong-site surgery, among other medical professional negligence. Doctors, nurses, hospitals and other medical staff may all be liable for medical malpractice.
When people in Texas and across the nation need treatment at a hospital, they are expecting to get the proper care from every medical professional who is involved in their case. However, it is an unfortunate fact that a medical mistake can occur. One of these mistakes involves medication errors committed by a registered nurse. To prevent these mistakes, studies are undertaken to determine how and why they happen. These studies can also serve to be a guide for families to have an idea whether a drug mistake resulted in a worsened medical condition or even death. This can be useful if they decide to seek compensation.
Treatment for routine injuries can sometimes led to catastrophic consequences. A recently-filed wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing facility in Woodway, for example, stems for an admission to the facility for a broken leg.
A negligent birth injury can cause a lifetime of medical problems and extreme financial need. A birth injury case, however, can help alleviate some of these problems. In Chicago, a jury awarded a record-setting $53 million after finding that negligent healthcare caused birth injuries to an infant who displayed fetal distress symptoms.
When you entrust the life of your loved one to a surgeon, you expect him or her to receive the best care possible. A successful surgical procedure gives you a sense of relief -- until your loved one's condition takes a turn for the worse.
When you are not feeling well, one of the first, most obvious and best steps to take is to seek the advice of a doctor. It is a doctor's job and responsibility to consider your health and to look at all symptoms in order to make a proper diagnosis as to what is wrong. While in a vast majority of cases throughout the United States, the competency of the doctor is never questioned.
One of the biggest nightmares for soon-to-be parents is that their child is not born healthy. While many factors are sometimes completely out of the control of parents, such as hereditary conditions or illnesses that occur during the fetus's development, some disorders, such as cerebral palsy, often occur during a baby's delivery, and may be due to actions or inactions by the medical team during labor.
When Houston residents go to the hospital or approach a medical practitioner for medical advice, they expect the professional to use their legal knowledge for the patient's benefit and provide the best treatment or advice possible. And this may be what usually happens, but when a medication error, surgical error or other form of negligence causes injuries in the patient or worsens their condition, patients may not know what their options are.
Doctors and other health care professionals are expected to exercise a reasonable degree of care when taking care of patients. However, this does not always happen, thus leading to serious injuries in Texas. In such cases, the party deemed at fault may be held liable through the civil court system in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The human brain is considered by many scientists and medical professionals to be the most complex object known to man. In the human body, its importance is unparalleled. Without a functioning brain, a person will die. When the brain is damaged and not fully functioning, a person may experience any number of different debilitating symptoms that limit a person's ability to function properly.