What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a health care provider (a doctor, nurse, or hospital technician) to render care in keeping with good and accepted medical techniques or principles.
This matter requires an experienced personal injury attorney who knows the Texas laws regarding the negligence of a physician, registered nurse, dentist, podiatrist, pharmacist, hospital or nursing home. Please contact us today if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence.
Types of Medical Errors
- Operating on the wrong part of the body or the wrong patient.
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the body.
- Failing to monitor anesthesia properly.
- Failing to diagnose a disease or injury.
- Medication Error or overdosing a patient.
- Severe burns from medications or surgery.
- Ignoring obvious signs of an infection, stroke, heart attack or respiratory arrest.
- Sinal cord injury
- Removal of wrong organ
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Oxygen Deprivation
- Umbilical Cord Strangulation
- Pregnancy risk factors such as preeclampsia, diabetes and group B strep
Leading Causes of Death in U.S.
Data current as of January 31, 2017 from Center for Disease Control and Prevention
According to the Center for Disease and Control, the chart above shows heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease to be the top three causes for death in the U.S. However the CDC’s published mortality reports only require the underlying cause of death (the condition that led a person to seek medical treatment) – they do not require medical error to be recorded for their data collection. This of course makes it difficult to see any statistics regarding medical malpractice that could have led to a patients death. According to a study done by researchers at John Hopkins Medicine, medical error is actually the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, with an annual death toll of about 250,000.
Experienced San Angelo Medical Malpractice Attorney
Unlike other types of personal injury cases, the facts necessary to prove your case are based on the medical records and testimony of medical experts. Your attorney must understand the facts of medicine and the law to effectively prepare expert medical witnesses whose testimony is necessary for any successful medical malpractice or negligence case.
Ultimately, your attorney must explain the medical and legal issues to the jury and judge to recover the best settlement or verdict. If you want to receive the largest settlement possible, you must have the best attorney you can find to handle your medical practice case.
More people are dying every year from medical malpractice than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS – three causes that receive far more public attention. There are more people that are dying annually from medication errors alone than even workplace injuries. And, although errors may be more easily detected in hospitals, the problems extend to every health care setting, including day-surgery and outpatient clinics, retail pharmacies, nursing homes and home care.
When a patient is injured due to medical negligence, that patient can bring suit against anyone who has caused injury to the patient by virtue of a hospital or provider’s professional negligence. This includes the nurses, doctors, medical technicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and other medical providers.
If you or a loved one is suffering from cerebral palsy, hypoxia, a traumatic brain injury or any other type of injury as a result of medical malpractice, Our Abilene personal injury lawyer, David M. White can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.