Hearing the words, "you have cancer," from a doctor is something that almost everyone fears. For many cases of cancer, early detection can lead to a favorable outcome, but a failure to diagnose cancer can be devastating for a patient.
Many Houston residents have medical procedures performed each year. These procedures may be elective or medically necessary, but regardless of the reason patients have the right to medical care that is safe and effective. Most procedures go as planned but occasionally medical negligence occurs that causes a worsened condition in patients.
Many Houston residents will undergo surgery at some point in their lives. Most go as planned and help the patient with his or her ailment. Occasionally, however, a medical professional exhibits a failure to follow acceptable standards and there are some serious consequences.
The US is in the midst of a scare involving Ebola. Once only found in other countries, the disease has spread into the US recently. Last week, the first person in the US diagnosed with the illness died and his family members are wondering if his death was caused by a delayed diagnosis.
We are all hopefully that the doctors in emergency rooms can help their patients. But what happens when there is a misdiagnosis?
The licensing of medical professionals in Houston is a critical part of patient safety and maintaining standards of medical professionals. The failure to follow acceptable standards happens when medical professionals are not licensed or their performance is not periodically evaluated. This often results in medical professionals with substandard training and oversight.
Football players typically work hard and their bodies can get banged up with all the abuse they take during a game. Texas residents may be interested to hear that a large group of National Football League players filed a lawsuit saying the NFL teams failed to follow acceptable standards when dispensing narcotics and other drugs during games.
Prisoners who suffer from medical conditions in Texas hopefully receive the medical attention they need. Although they are in prison, it doesn't mean that they aren't entitled to receive urgent medical care. A woman in the Wichita County jail claims that there was a failure to recognize her obvious signs of labor.
The birth of a child is a much-anticipated event for families in Houston. All births are unique and most result in the addition of a healthy new son or daughter. But, occasionally babies come early and require special help. The failure to recognize conditions in preemies can be life-threatening.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia affect many senior citizens in the Houston area. While treatment is available, a delayed diagnosis can result in delayed treatment.