How to Recognize Signs of Medical Malpractice

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
June 24, 2024

Recognizing the signs of medical malpractice is crucial when you find yourself facing unexpected complications following a medical procedure. One moment you’re preparing for surgery, confident in the care you’re about to receive, and the next, you’re dealing with a host of new issues stemming from what should have been preventable mistakes. Understanding these signs is the first step in addressing the profound changes to your life caused by such negligence.

To effectively navigate this challenging situation, it’s essential to have a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney by your side. Choosing the right medical malpractice attorney ensures you not only recognize the signs of malpractice but also protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. With nearly 70 years of combined experience in medical malpractice law, Davis & Davis is committed to providing unrivaled guidance and support.

2 Ways to Recognize Signs of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care expected in their field, resulting in harm or injury to a patient. Recognizing the signs of medical malpractice can be crucial for taking timely action. Here are two key ways to identify potential malpractice:

Unusual or Unexpected Results

While not all adverse medical outcomes are due to malpractice, unexpected or unusual results may be a red flag, especially if they differ significantly from what was discussed prior to treatment. Examples include:

  • Complications or severe side effects which are not typically associated with the procedure or medication administered.
  • Worsening of condition without a clear, reasonable explanation from your healthcare provider.
  • A new diagnosis suddenly emerging after a procedure, suggesting possible errors during treatment, such as surgical tools left inside the body or the incorrect surgery performed.

Patients should seek a second opinion if results seem out of the ordinary, as this can help clarify whether the outcome was a known risk or possibly the result of negligent care.

Inadequate Communication or Follow-Up

Effective communication is a cornerstone of good medical practice. If a patient is not properly informed about the risks and alternatives associated with a procedure and ends up suffering harm, this might constitute malpractice. Similarly, if the explanations change over time or details are withheld, this could suggest an attempt to cover up a mistake.

Neglect in follow-up care can also be a red flag. Failing to monitor a patient’s progress or ignoring complaints about symptoms after a procedure can lead to complications being overlooked, which might be a sign of malpractice. If you notice these issues, it’s advisable to document all interactions and seek advice from a medical malpractice attorney to understand your legal options.

How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

Understanding the complexities of medical malpractice can be challenging. The team at Davis & Davis can help you by providing guidance and support through every step of your claim. We begin by thoroughly reviewing the details of your situation to determine if medical malpractice has occurred. This includes evaluating medical records, consulting with medical experts, and analyzing the standard of care provided. Our aim is to identify clear evidence of negligence or failure to meet the expected standard of care in your treatment.

From here, we will manage all aspects of your legal case, from filing the necessary paperwork to representing you in court. Our experienced attorneys are equipped to handle the complexities of medical malpractice litigation, ensuring all procedural deadlines are met and your case is presented as effectively as possible. 

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll medical errors can impose on patients and their families. We work diligently to negotiate fair compensation which covers all your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our goal is to secure the maximum compensation you deserve to aid in your recovery and future well-being.

Fallen Victim to Medical Malpractice? We Can Help Today

If you suspect you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, recognizing the signs is the first critical step towards justice. At Davis & Davis, we’re equipped to help you identify and understand these signs, ensuring your case is handled with the dedication it demands. We understand the profound impact of medical errors, and we are here to advocate for your rights with unwavering dedication.

Take the crucial step towards recovering the compensation you rightfully deserve. For a complimentary case evaluation, reach out to us at (888) 522-9444 or submit your details through our contact form today. Let us manage the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery and well-being.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

June 24 2024

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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