Can I Sue for Cardiology Malpractice in Texas?

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Every healthcare provider is vulnerable to litigation. Some specialists, however, are far more likely to be sued than others because of the nature of their work. Cardiologists tend to face a lot of medical malpractice suits. In one survey, six out of ten such specialists claimed to have been sued. And among the respondents who faced legal action, more than half had been named in not just one but two to five lawsuits over the course of their careers. For more information on cardiology malpractice claims in Texas, please read on, then contact an experienced Houston, Texas cardiology malpractice lawyer today.

What are the most common forms of cardiology malpractice in Texas?

The following are some of the most common issues that warrant legal action against cardiologists in the Lonestar State:

  • Diagnostic errors: When a cardiologist fails to diagnose myocardial infarction (MI), or heart attack, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, because MIs present a broad range of symptoms, they are often diagnosed late or incorrectly. This is responsible for a quarter of lawsuits against cardiologists.
  • Inadequate record keeping: Most patients with cardiac issues will see multiple providers over the course of their care. As such, physicians – both specialists and general practitioners – have an obligation to complete each patient’s record accurately and thoroughly. Failing to document pertinent details about the patient’s diagnosis or treatment on a platform that allows for dissemination could end up proving catastrophic.
  • Improper treatment protocol: Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers must follow the most widely accepted standard of care when devising and implementing a treatment plan. Should they deviate from the standard of care, the patient may have grounds for legal action if complications arise. Some of the most common treatment issues that lead to medical malpractice suits include:
    • Starting with the most invasive modality before attempting less risky approaches
    • Failing to inform the patient of all possible risks or viable alternatives before proceeding
    • Failing to provide adequate follow-up care.
  • Surgical mistakes: Cardiac surgery is inherently complicated and poses considerable risk to the patient. In other words, if a procedure does not yield the anticipated outcome, that does not necessarily mean malpractice occurred. In the same vein, though, surgeons can – and do – make mistakes. Surgical errors are so prevalent, in fact, that they are believed to be the second leading cause of lawsuits against cardiologists. Common surgical mistakes include:
    • Performing the wrong procedure
    • Operating at the wrong site
    • Failing to monitor the patient’s vitals
    • Administering too much anesthesia
    • Leaving an instrument or sponge inside the body cavity

If you have experienced any of these forms of medical malpractice, please reach out to a skilled Harris County, Texas medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

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