Wrong-site surgeries are serious medical mistakes that can threaten patients' lives and cause them unnecessary and long-term pain and suffering. Texas residents who become the victim of a wrong-site surgery should be aware of their rights and their options under the medical malpractice laws of the state to seek their damages. Wrong-site surgeries can happen in several different ways.
A surgical error can impose lifelong hardships on a victim. Texas residents who suffer from these errors while receiving treatment for other medical conditions can face long periods of painful recovery, worsened medical conditions and other detrimental side effects from undergoing medical procedures that were not intended for their bodies or that were botched by health care professionals.
Undergoing a surgical procedure to fix a broken or ailing part of one's body can be a scary process for a Texas resident. While any operation can introduce additional complications, surgeries on the heart can be particularly delicate. A Texas man recently alleged that mistakes made during his heart surgery led to serious complications, resulting in the amputation of his leg.
To a Houston patient, the steps leading up to the surgical procedure they need to get healthy may seem very simple. They know exactly what their ailment is, exactly what their doctors have decided for their treatment, and exactly when they must arrive at the hospital to have the surgical procedure that will set them on the course to recovery. They may have single-mindedness about their medical plan and what must be done to complete it.
Last week on the blog we touched base on how courts and juries determine the applicable standard of care in medical malpractice cases. This may seem like a small thing given the events that have left one seriously injured, but the truth of the matter is that issues like this set the stage for an entire case, meaning that the outcome can either significantly strengthen one's case or severely diminish its chances of success.
If Texans were injured by the negligence of a medical professional, then they may be considering a medical malpractice lawsuit. These claims, when successful, can bring a victim compensation to help alleviate damages that were unexpectedly and undeservedly thrust upon them. These damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other noneconomic losses. However, before this compensation can be recovered, liability must be imposed, and this is no small feat.
Often, when Texans wake up from surgery, they breathe a sigh of relief that everything went according to plan. Unfortunately, some surgical errors may not be discovered until days, weeks, months or even years down the road. This can be especially true when it comes to surgical site infections.
Surgical errors are more common than Texans think. Far too often surgical instruments are left inside patients, the wrong body parts are operated on or the wrong operation is conducted. These incidents can leave victims seriously injured and even deformed. Making matters even more frightening is the fact that surgical errors can go far beyond a slip of the scalpel or a failure to count sponges prior to stitching a patient up.
Advances in medical research and technology have allowed patients to obtain treatment that was once only imaginable. Although many of these methods are successful, a recent film shines a light on problematic medical devices that can leave unsuspecting Texans with serious harm.
Those who work nine to five job have likely felt a lull in energy that occurs in the early afternoon. One might feel tired or sluggish, and motivation may wane. This can make it difficult just to get through the rest of the day. For many Texans, this can lead to a decrease in productivity. In the medical field though, it can result in serious harm to patients.