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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.

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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.
heart attackDoes the time of day, week and month a person has a heart attack play a role in whether or not a they survive the attack? According to a new study, it does. The research, sponsored by the American Heart Association, found that heart attack patients who arrived at the hospital during the night, on weekends or on a holiday had a 13 percent more risk of not surviving the attack compared with patients who arrive at the hospital during regular daytime business hours. The research team looked at the records of heart attack victims from 447 U.S. hospitals during the years 2007 to 2010. The records consisted of 15,972 heart attack patients who had arrived at hospitals during business hours and 27,270 patients who had arrived during non-business hours. When a person suffers from coronary heart disease, the arteries become hardened, or even blocked, which reduces the blood flow to the heart. This restriction of blood causes heart attacks. When a person is having a heart attack, the sooner they receive a procedure called an angioplasty, the more likely they are to survive. Angioplasty restores blood flow and reduces the chest pain of an attack. The procedure also minimizes the damage an attack can do to the heart muscle. The study found that the average time it takes for a heart attack patient to have an angioplasty if they arrive at the hospital during business hours was 56 minutes. But for patients who arrived during non-business hours, the time it took for them to receive the critical procedure spikes to 72 minutes. In a statement, the lead author of the study, Dr. Jorge Saucedo, said the only way to guarantee that after-hours heart attack patients have less wait times would be to staff hospitals with a 24 hour/7 day per week fully staffed catheterization laboratory. But Dr. Saucedo added, “At this point, we cannot recommend this due to the fact that the human and financial cost could be too high.” If you or a member of your family has suffered from adverse effects due to the negligence of medical professional, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.

nursing home negligence, New Braunfels personal injury lawyer, San Antonio attorneyThe Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a national report on nursing homes. According to the report, almost one third of nursing home patients are injured by treatments they received in nursing homes. The majority of those injuries are avoidable.

The study found that the majority of problems could be contributed to deficiencies in the day-to-day care that the facilities provided. Not providing enough attention to details of the care patients need as well as monitoring the patients’ needs – what one inspector referred to as “substantial medical care.” The agency looked at the medical records of 653 Medicare patients who had been admitted into a nursing home for additional care after having been in the hospital. The average stay at the nursing home facility was 35 days or less. While at the nursing homes, 22 percent of patients suffered what the agency termed “adverse event” and another 11 percent suffered “temporary harm events.” Doctors who reviewed these events determined that 59 percent of these events were “clearly or likely preventable.” According to the report, these physicians deemed the cause of these preventable events to “substandard treatment, inadequate resident monitoring, and failure or delay of necessary care.” Half of the patients who were injured ended up being admitted back into the hospital for needed treatment. The total cost for treatment of patients who are injured in a nursing home in 2011 was $2.8 billion. Nursing home advocates say that not only are there staffing shortages and issues at many facilities, but lack of training also contributes a great deal to the injuries that elderly patients receive in these events. If one of your family members has been injured because of negligence of nursing home staff, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what civil action you may be entitled to take against the facility.

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

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