When Texans need medical care, they expect physicians and staff to provide it without making errors. Unfortunately, mistakes that cause harm to patients can happen. These errors often spark medical malpractice legal claims. Surgical errors are a common reason for filing these lawsuits.
Texas residents may think that most medical errors occur in hospitals, but a new report shows that as many as 4 in 10 patients in primary and outpatient healthcare settings are injured globally because of errors. Of these errors, 80% are deemed to have been preventable. The report comes from the Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety.
Many people in the Houston area may have to have abdominal surgery at some point in their lives. For example, a C-Section is a type of abdominal surgery that many women in Texas undergo in order to deliver a healthy baby.
A previous post on this Texas blog talked about how aspiration can result when a hospital does not position a patient properly in a bed or chair. However, the fact is that a number of different types of errors or omissions on the part of care providers can cause aspiration, particularly during an operation.
In reality, there is no such thing as a minor surgery. Whenever a Houston resident goes under the knife, he has to put a lot of trust in his doctors and other professionals to protect his health. A lot can go wrong in any surgery, from flagrant mistakes, like wrong site surgery or leaving objects in the body to more subtle, but just as serious, errors like failure to monitor a patient or errors related to the administration of anesthesia.
The United States Senate is currently considering a bill that would allow members of the military to sue their military doctors and medical professionals, should they commit medical malpractice, including those in Texas. At this time, under court precedent, troops must resort to VA benefits or other programs in order to get compensation for accidents while on duty, including medical negligence.
Neil Armstrong will be forever famous as the first person on the moon. Texans may remember that Armstrong passed away in 2012 at age 82. According to one source, two years following Armstrong's death, his family settled a medical malpractice claim with the community hospital where Armstrong received cardiac bypass surgery.
The prospect of having to undergo surgery can naturally make anyone in Houston nervous. After all, most surgical procedures present certain risks. While some of these risks are unavoidable, concerning stories arise regarding surgical errors that harm patients or could even prove fatal.
Texas parents may be familiar with the term "time out." Over the course of their lives they may have sent their children to this form of punishment dozens if not hundreds of times. A time out in this context involves having a child stop, wait and think about what they need to do to improve their attitude or behavior.
A previous post here discussed complications that can arise when surgeons cause their patients to suffer gastrointestinal perforations. These painful and sometimes life-threatening errors can happen when doctors and other medical professionals fail to meet their standard of care in the treatment of their patients. Texas residents who suffer this devastating form of harm may have rights to sue for their damages based on surgical error claims.