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March 2017 Archives

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.

Loss of a loved one less frequent when hospitals are inspected

People who are hospitalized understandably expect that they will receive top-notch care regardless of outside influences. Ideally, medical professionals should behave identically when they are working without scrutiny of job performance as when they are being inspected by regulatory agencies. However, a recent study revealed that there were fewer deaths in hospitals during weeks in which accreditation inspectors were on site than at other times. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one after a worsened medical condition due to what they perceive was a medical mistake or negligence should be aware of this finding.

Birth injuries: lawyers help Texans with cerebral palsy

Parents who have a child who suffers from cerebral palsy might be under the impression that it was a matter of circumstance and nothing could have been done to prevent it. While it is true that some instances of cerebral palsy come about because of congenital problems that is not always the case. There are instances in which a lack of oxygen to the child's brain caused it, and it happened because of a doctor or medical professional making a mistake. It is, at times like these, a parent needs to understand their rights to file a birth injury case.

Am I at risk for Wernicke's encephalopathy?

Wernicke's encephalopathy is a long and complicated name for a brain disorder caused by something as simple as a vitamin deficiency. However, while the cause may be simple, the effects are anything but. The scariest part is that if a doctor does not diagnose and treat the condition early enough, some of the devastating symptoms may be permanent or even fatal.

Texas-born actor dies of fatal complications following surgery

The unfortunate reality of people dying after undergoing a surgical procedure is something that happens all too frequently in Texas and across the United States. It is not unusual for there to be fatal complications following surgery, but this is hammered home when there is a famous or noteworthy person who has it happen to them. Regardless of who it is, it is important for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one after a surgical procedure or during what is believed to be a routine medical issue to understand their rights to have a full investigation and seek compensation in a lawsuit.

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.

Legal help after a fatal medical mistake in Texas

Texans who are having medical issues that require a stay in the hospital and a surgical procedure will undoubtedly feel a certain amount of fear and trepidation as to what is going to happen to them. The same holds true for their family members. However, they will generally trust their medical professionals. It is a natural reaction for a person to trust a doctor when a diagnosis is given, but this does not mean that the decision made is the right one and that the procedure will go as planned. When there is an unexpected complication that leads to death, those who were affected need to understand how to have a full investigation done to determine whether a wrongful death lawsuit should be filed for compensation.

Study shows doctor errors found by families might not be recorded

Texans who seek treatment for themselves or a loved one at a medical facility will be under the impression that they are getting the best care possible and mistakes will not be made. If they are, they will be recorded and rectified. Since a negligent physician can commit a failure to diagnose and this can lead to delayed treatment, it is exceedingly dangerous for those who are subjected to these mistakes. A recent study has shown that when medical mistakes are made and there are negative reactions to treatment in children, they are frequently omitted from the hospital records. This is important to remember if the condition worsens and it is necessary to pursue a legal filing.

Actor's death highlights dangers of undiagnosed conditions

Even if they didn't know his name, many American movie lovers were familiar with the face of actor Bill Paxton. Known for appearing in such blockbusters as "Titanic," "Twister" and "Aliens," Paxton did not always have the lead role, but often left a lasting impression. The recent news of his death came as a shock.

Failing to diagnose a condition can be deadly

There are countless ways a brain injury can occur. In some cases, the brain can be injured during a medical operation gone awry. Sometimes it may be a surgical error that causes limited blood flow or oxygen to the brain. Or it may be due to an issue during a pregnancy or birth. Or perhaps it was due to nurses giving the wrong drugs to a patient. The ways this can happen are nearly limitless.

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