When you enter a Texas hospital to undergo surgery, you know you are at risk. You also assume that the medical care providers who will be tending to your needs will keep your best interests at heart and conduct themselves according to the highest level of accepted standards. You also understand that during recovery, you remain at risk for infection, especially during the first 40 hours post-op.
Readers in Harris County may find it alarming that recently a nurse at a hospital accidentally disposed of a donated kidney, leaving it unusable for transplantation. Although the incident occurred at an out-of-state facility, surgical errors like this can happen anywhere and can have severe consequences.
When one thinks of medical malpractice, they often think of mistakes that happen during surgeries and births. But most people don't assume that doctors maliciously injure their patients. But one case in another state is doing just that.
Many medical malpractice cases here in the Houston area stem from a surgical error during an operation. One Texas man who had hernia surgery in 2010 recently filed a lawsuit after the operation ultimately resulted in the loss of a testicle and several inches of intestine, in addition to leaving him in financial ruin.