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Texas malpractice attorney, Texas injury lawyerOne woman and her family lost their mother on March 12, 2015. Their 87-year-old mother had been admitted to Kindred Hospital Sugar Land that month for pneumonia, and they had watched her health steadily deteriorate. When they were told by the medical staff that their mother had passed away, they had assumed it was from complications with the pneumonia – not a botched medical procedure. However, a letter from a nurse on staff at the time sent in January 2017 told a much different – and horrifying – story.

Hidden Medical Malpractice

Without the knowledge or consent of the woman, a physician at the hospital attempted to insert a catheter into a major vein in her mother’s neck in order to start dialysis – a treatment that could have potentially helped her mother’s kidney issues. The physician’s first attempt did not stick and his second attempt on the other side of her mother’s neck went even worse. The woman’s mother lost an extreme amount of blood and her heart stopped. She was initially revived but her heart stopped again. During this procedure, the woman and one of her brothers attempted to visit her and were not allowed in the room.

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Texas malpractice lawyer, Texas injury attorneyIn mid-February, A former Texas surgeon was sentenced to life in prison after injuring multiple patients during recklessly and maliciously performed operations, CBS Dallas reported. The prosecutors brought multiple charges against the surgeon for actions including operating on the wrong portion of a patient’s spine, improperly placing screws and plates in a person’s spine, cutting a major vein within a patient, and leaving a sponge in another patient.

While this is an example of the criminal charges that can be brought against a physician for negligent care, the victims and their families can also bring civil medical malpractice lawsuits against negligent, reckless, and malicious medical providers.

Texas Medical Malpractice Claims

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This past summer, Governor Greg Abbott signed two key pieces of legislation that went into effect on September 1, 2015. These new laws further restrict the ability of medical malpractice victims to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Senate Bill 735 essentially requires plaintiffs to show that they have a winning case before propounding discovery as to the defendant’s net worth. If the court allows the discovery, its scope is severely limited and generally seems to be slanted in favor of the defendant. Meanwhile, House Bill 1692 changes the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to prohibit victims from filing negligence lawsuits in Texas unless the incident took place in The Lone Star State.

These changes come shortly after a North Texas family filed suit against a hospital that diagnosed a woman with a sinus infection when a CT scan, which was performed at the same hospital, allegedly indicated she had a brain aneurism.

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Victim of Medical ErrorA recent study puts the number of people who die each year from medical errors that occur in hospitals at between 210,000 and 440,000. These figures make medical errors the third leading cause of death, with heart disease and cancer being at number one and number two. Although some in the medical field dispute the study’s numbers as too high, three prominent researchers in the patient safety field have concluded that the study’s findings are credible. Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health system, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient surgical centers, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories, pharmacies, and even in a patient’s home. An error can occur because of diagnostic mistakes, during surgery, from medicines, equipment or lab reports. Even a hospital patient given a meal that does not coincide with their diet can cause a serious medical error. There are actions that patients can take to help ensure they do not become victims of medical errors. These tips include: Surgery and Hospital Stays
  1. If you have a choice in which hospital you can have your surgery performed at, research which hospitals in your area have more experience with the type of procedure you are having done.
  2. Wrong-site surgery is too common and is 100 percent preventable. Make sure that all medical personnel are in agreement of what procedure you are having done and the location of the surgery on your person.
  3. Do not hesitate to ask any hospital staff who will be touching you if they have washed their hands, something they should be required to do to stop the spread of infections.
Medications
  1. Make sure all doctors you are seeing know all the medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter and any dietary supplements. In fact, it is best to bring all your medication with you when you go for appointments.
  2. Tell your doctor about any allergies or reactions you have to medications. Make sure this information is included in your medical records.
  3. When you are given a new prescription, make sure you understand and are given easy to read instructions about what the medication is for, what the dosage is and how long do you need to take the medication; the possible side-effects; how will it interact with other medications you take; and what food or activities should be avoided while you are taking the medication.
  4. When you pick up the medication, verify it is the medication your doctor prescribed.
Other Actions
  1. If you are in the hospital, or have more than one serious health condition, there should be one physician who coordinates and oversees all of your medical care.
  2. Do not be afraid to question why a certain test or treatment is necessary. Make sure you know how long the results of test will take and how you will be notified.
  3. Never be afraid to ask questions. It is your right and the doctor’s obligation to answer them.
If you have experienced injury or illness as a victim of medical error, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.
medical misdiagnosisData analyzed from several different studies reveals that one in 20 U.S. patients receives an initial misdiagnosis. That adds up to at least 12 million people who go to the doctor’s office or some other medical facility for medical treatment each year that are misdiagnosed. Additionally, half of those medical errors are potentially deadly ones, such as a misdiagnosis and delay of treatment for an illness like cancer. The analysis was conducted by a team of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine. The team pointed out in their analysis that the majority of studies focus on reducing and eliminating medical errors and incorrect diagnosis in hospital settings, but that the majority of patient diagnosis are first made in an outpatient setting. For this report, they used data that had been collected for three other studies. One of the studies focused on primary care misdiagnosis, and the other two studies focused on diagnostic errors made in patients with cancer. One of the most important things a person can do to help prevent a misdiagnosis is to be proactive when it comes to their medical care. It is important to share with your doctor information regarding any medications you may be taking, both prescribed and over-the-counter. You should also share with your doctor any issues or problems that may be occurring. If your doctor tells you something that you do not understand, it is important to let him or her know. Do not be afraid to ask your doctor questions about your condition or treatment. Never be afraid to get a second opinion if you do not feel confident in the diagnosis. If you or a member of your family has suffered from adverse effects due to the misdiagnosis or negligence of a medical professional, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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