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.
If you've been injured by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professionals, then you may be considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you're able to succeed on one of these claims you may be able to recover considerable compensation to help alleviate the damages you have suffered. This may mean recouping medical expenses and lost wages, as well as obtaining money to help ease pain and suffering. Although many of these cases settle before reaching trial, you still need to be prepared to go to trial. First, you may be unable to reach a resolution prior to trial. Second, having a thoroughly prepped case can give you leverage during settlement negotiations.
Properly provided medical care can be utterly amazing. Medication can alleviate the most severe of symptoms, and surgical interventions can help alleviate what would otherwise be debilitating conditions. However, despite their good intentions, some doctors make errors when providing this medical care. When this happens, a hopeful patient can be left with devastating consequences.
Texas patients are supposed to be informed of the risks associated with any medical treatment they are to receive. Then, based on the information at hand, they can choose whether they want to confront the potential risks. However, sometimes medical professionals make mistakes that go beyond the risks identified when informed consent is obtained. These surgical errors can cause extensive, sometimes unbelievable, harm.