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Man wins lawsuit after failure to diagnose HIV

Texas residents expect their doctors to provide them with the best care. This is reasonable, especially in light of the amount of training and experience healthcare professionals accumulate before they are considered full-time medical professionals who are able to practice medicine on their own. However, even the most competent doctors can make mistakes that leave a patient suffering undeserved harm. Even more problematic is the fact that far too many medical professionals are incompetent in the way that they treat their patients. This, too, can result in serious injuries and even death.

One man was subjected to negligent medical care when his doctor failed to diagnose him with HIV. According to reports, the man, who presented with a number of risk factors for HIV, consented to and requested testing, but was never given the appropriate tests. Three years later the man was found to have had HIV that had progressed to full-blown AIDS. As a result, he had suffered brain damage and limitations to his cognitive abilities. This, in turn, forced him out of his job as an attorney.

The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and succeeded, recovering a significant amount of compensation for his damages. This is no small thing, as many of the 20,000 medical malpractice cases filed each year are unsuccessful.

However, those who have been harmed by the negligence of a medical professional may be able to increase their chances of succeeding on a medical malpractice claim by building a case with the assistance of an aggressive, diligent, and experienced legal team. This may lead to a favorable outcome either through negotiations or litigation. The key, however, is for a victim to ensure that his or her voice is heard and translated into compelling legal arguments.

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