Houston Doctor Malpractice Lawyer
We entrust doctors with our lives and the lives of our children. We expect that they will use their education, the tools available to them to diagnose and treat our illnesses. Doctors must adhere to the highest standard of care when treating patients. Even though we trust them with our lives, doctor malpractice still happens, and when it does, patients are left injured and harmed.
People want to believe doctors. Jurors want to believe doctors. As a result, if a physician can come up with a plausible explanation for their failures, jurors may give them the benefit of the doubt. Most commonly, doctors fall back on the excuse that things just happen. A diligent attorney with a background in medical malpractice is needed to cut through the excuses and hold doctors accountable for their neglect.
Doctor Neglect Costs Thousand their Lives Every Year
The World Health Organization ranks the US 15th among 25 industrialized nations for the quality of our medical care and the number of medical mistakes. Approximately 20% – 30% of patients receive contraindicated care. It has also been reported that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country. Despite these numbers, doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers receive protection in the form of damage caps and limitations on liability.
Doctors must be held accountable for the declining state of medical care in this country. They should be held to the high standards set by the Texas Medical Board and to the standards expected by their patients. When doctors commit malpractice, patients are the victims.
Common mistakes doctors make can include:
- Failing to diagnose a disease or condition
- Misdiagnosing a disease
- Failure to order tests, scans, or bloodwork
- Not taking the time to read test results or results of scans
- Not recognizing the signs and symptoms displayed by the patient
- Failure to adhere to accepted standards of care
- Communication errors with nurses or other healthcare providers
- Medication errors – prescribing the wrong medication or too much medication
It takes an experienced and hardworking medical malpractice attorney to thoroughly investigate the doctor’s neglect.
Doctor Neglect can Cause Significant Patient Injuries
Doctor malpractice can result in a missed diagnosis of cancer or infection allowing the diseases to progress and cause more harm. Doctor’s that fail at their job can cause botched surgeries and overmedicate patients. Doctor malpractice can cause:
- Brain injuries
- Need for corrective surgeries
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Surgical complications including nerve damage or organ damage
- Diseases to metastasize and spread
These injuries are significant and can often require future medical costs. Also, injured patients may be unable to work and suffer lost income. The impact on the injured and their family can be immeasurable when you consider the pain, suffering, and mental anguish that everyone involved must go through.
Contact a Houston Doctor Malpractice Attorney for Help
Contact Chelsie King Garza today to schedule your free initial consultation. She is here to help you find answers and to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries.