Medical Malpractice

11 Jan 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

We want to go outside of our typical coverage area today to bring you a story of a Houston hospital because it shows that there are times when we may not realize we are in jeopardy of being harmed by medical professionals. In this case, it took investigations by news outlets for many errors to come to light.

The president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is out of a job after reports have uncovered an unusual number of deaths and complication in heart transplant and heart surgery patients. He was not the only one to lose a job. The hospital also fired its chief nursing officer and a top physician.

While the reports document a systemic problem at the facility, the firings happened after a more recent ER mistake in which a patient who received a blood transfusion was actually given the wrong blood type. The patient died as a result.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that you need someone by your side if you have been injured due to the mistakes of a healthcare professional. If you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney, call us today.

What Happens?

Many people are still shocked to learn that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. We know that, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, an average of 250,000 lose their lives each year due to the mistakes of healthcare professionals. Some estimates are much higher than that. Consider this – those are just the deaths. Millions more survive medical mistakes and must live with the often debilitating consequences.  

We know that many of these errors happen in the following ways:

  • Mistakes are made when diagnosing patients. These, again according to Johns Hopkins researchers, are the most devasting errors to patients. They can lead to delayed treatment of major illnesses.
  • Medical errors happen all too often. They can happen both inside and outside of a hospital and include not giving the correct medication, giving the wrong dosage, or not giving a patient their medication at all. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacist technicians all shoulder blame with these errors.
  • Around one in 30 hospital patients in the hospital acquires an infection each day in the hospital and they are often caused due to a medical professional’s failure to follow protocol.
  • Surgical mistakes are the most feared medical mistakes of all. They can lead to major and permanent problems for patients.   

What You Can Do

When the people who we trust to make us better actually do the opposite because they made a mistake, it can leave you wondering what to do. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medical error, call the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today.

Dottie Hyde has experience in this area of law and will work tirelessly on your behalf. The most important thing for you to do is focus on healing and being with family. Let Dottie work on recovering compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, and punitive damages. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Dallas, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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01 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

When Christine Brothers went to her doctor for a routine bladder check, she was in for some shocking news – she had multiple masses on her abdomen. When she returned for further checks, she learned she has metastatic non-small cell carcinoma.

That started a nightmare that nobody wants to endure. She told her family and they began making preparations. They sold some possessions to pay for a series of tests that she started to undergo.

Except, it turns out she did not have cancer at all. When Brothers saw her OB/GYN, she was urged to get another opinion. A new pathologist made the determination – her diagnosis had been wrong. What they had originally seen on the CAT scan was splenic tissue from a splenectomy Brothers has had decades before.

Since the misdiagnosis, Brothers has had to pay thousands of dollars of medical bills out-of-pocket. She’s been paying for tests that were not necessary.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that a misdiagnosis is just one way in which medical mistakes can change our lives. When you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney, you can turn to us for help.

What Happens?

Reports now show us that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. How, in a country, this advanced, is that possible?

Let’s look at a few of the common ways these mistakes occur, but please note that this list is not exhaustive and you should always speak with an attorney about your particular case.

  • Misdiagnosis: You saw in the story above how a misdiagnosis can affect someone. Researchers at Johns Hopkins tell us that there are many times when doctors, PAs, and nurse practitioners make errors when diagnosing patients. Often, these misdiagnoses lead to delayed treatment.
  • Infections: Each day in the US around one in 30 hospital patients in the hospital acquires an infection. This is not talked about enough, but most of these incidents are preventable by steps medical staff can take.
  • Medication Errors: From the time a doctor gives an order for medication, there are many steps that the order goes through before being given. Still, many people are given the wrong medication, the wrong, dosage, or not given their medication at all.
  • Surgical Errors: Surgical mistakes are scary. Even minor mistakes can lead to a person need in a follow-up operation and extended hospital stay.

Your Steps Moving Forward

If you or a loved one have suffered due to the errors of a healthcare professional, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve after a mistake has been made. We know that medical errors can change your life and cost a tremendous amount of money.

Our team will work with you to investigate your case and get to the bottom of what went wrong. We will move to secure:

  • Coverage for your medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

When you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney, You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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20 Oct 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

It is no secret – the United States is experiencing an opioid crisis. Night after night, we see news stories of yet another overdose.

But did you know that many people who are addicted to powerful opioids started taking them legally?

We have seen a problem with doctors across the US prescribing powerful painkillers. One of those doctors is Howard Gregg Diamond, formerly the principal physician at the Diamondback Pain and Wellness Center.

Diamond pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and health care fraud. He will serve 20 years in federal prison.

Beginning in 2010, Diamond conspired to write unnecessary prescriptions for addictive drugs like fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone.

Due to him, prosecutors say, seven people lost their lives. They say there were probably more deaths, but they did not link them directly to him.

This is just one case of obvious medical malpractice, though often it is not this clear or intentional. Often, medical malpractice is unintentional but still caused by the negligence of healthcare professionals.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 250,000 people annually.

We know those are shocking statistics. These mistakes happen in various different ways, but they are almost always preventable. We commonly see the following:

  • Medication errors – doctors and nurses prescribe the wrong medications or simply give the wrong medications to patients. Sometimes they give the wrong dosage. Often, this is due to a communication error of distraction.
  • Surgical mistakes – these are some of the most devastating mistakes that can happen.
  • Misdiagnosis – if a doctor is overworked or pressured to free up bed space, they may rush a patient through without performing the proper tests. This can lead to them missing a serious medical emergency.
  • Infections – hospital-acquired infections are common. In fact, one out of every 25 people admitted to the hospital can expect to get an infection. Infections can lead to sepsis, a serious and often fatal condition.

These are just a few ways medical mistakes can happen. You and your family probably see plenty of medical professionals throughout the year, from family doctors and dentists to the optometrist and pharmacists. We know you put your trust in them, but do you know what to do if they make a mistake?

When medical mistakes are made, they can cause your medical expenses to skyrocket. Will you be able to afford a mistake?

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been harmed due to the errors of a healthcare professional, we want to help. The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde is ready to investigate your case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. There is no reason that you should suffer financial hardships because of someone else’s mistakes. When you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700.

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13 Oct 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

It only took two years of practicing medicine in Dallas for neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to injure or kill 33 of the 37 patients he operated on.

He was charged with one count of injury to an elderly person and five counts of assault, all related to the patients he operated on. Last year, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The outcome may seem just, but it took so many patients and years to solve a problem that the system should have taken care of.

What went wrong?

As more and more facilities that allowed Duntsch to practice began to realize that he was causing harm to patients, they did not fire him. Instead, they allowed him to resign. His reputation was intact. Many of them did not even report him to a database run by the US Department of Health and Human Services which is supposed to monitor trouble doctors for potential future employers.

So many things went wrong, but as Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Martin said, “The medical community system has a problem…But we were able to solve it in the criminal courthouse.”

The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde is standing by to help you when you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney.

The Mistakes

Did you know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States? How, in a country as advanced as ours, do healthcare professionals kill over 250,000 people a year because of mistakes?

Think of how many medical professionals you see in the course of a year:

  • Emergency room personnel
  • Family doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Minute clinic nurses
  • EMS professionals
  • The Dentists
  • Optometrists

Every time you go see a healthcare professional, you are putting your trust in their ability to make you better.

How can they cause you harm?

The following are common problems you can run into in a healthcare setting:

  • Medicine Mix-Ups – these are more common than you think. Patients regularly experience medication errors, whether it is them receiving the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, or not receiving their medications at all.
  • Misdiagnosis – if doctors and nurses are overworked and in a hurry, they may fail to perform the necessary tests needed to properly diagnose their patients.
  • Surgical Mistakes – these mistakes can be devastating and leave people with permanent disabilities.
  • Infections – hospital-acquired infections are common. They are so common that 1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital have sepsis.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been harmed by the negligence of a medical professional, you need to consider seeking legal assistance. Medical malpractice cases are hard and complex, but the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde will be by your side the whole time. Dorothy Hyde has decades of experience and will stop at nothing to get you the compensation you deserve. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Dallas, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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05 Oct 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

A plastic surgery went wrong. When you read these words, you immediately think of some celebrity with a botched plastic surgery. But you may be surprised to find out that there are millions of mere mortals who choose to undergo a plastic surgery to improve their facial features and/or appear younger than they actually are, but end up shocked and traumatized over the outcome of their surgery.

Believe it or not, celebrities are not the only ones whose careers become hostages of botched plastic surgery procedures. “Basically, a plastic surgery went wrong means that you paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve your looks, love life, and/or career, and ended up with more financial, physical, and emotional damages than you were before the procedure,” explains our Dallas medical malpractice attorney at Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

But does it mean that you can sue a plastic surgeon for the botched plastic surgery and his or her failure to deliver the desired and paid-for result? A short answer is: Yes, you might.

Can you sue a surgeon for a botched plastic surgery?

Not long ago, the plastic surgery industry was available only for celebrities, actors, actresses, singers, and wealthy people. But today, as cosmetic surgery procedures become more affordable, an increasing group of people, the majority of which are women, are beginning to get nose jobs, facelifts, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, lip augmentation, and a variety of other procedures that are supposed to make you more attractive and desirable.

But those with botched plastic surgeries end up anything but attractive and desirable. In fact, many of them lose work opportunities and see their careers go up in flames as a result of botched cosmetic surgery procedures. If this happened to you, is there any way to sue the negligent plastic surgeon for causing your life-long injury or even disfigurement, which cannot be repaired and does not get any better as years go by?

“Definitely,” says our experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Texas. You may want to review a recent case, which indicates that it is possible to recover millions of dollars in compensation after a botched plastic surgery.
How did this woman recover more than a million dollars for a botched plastic surgery?

Last year, a Brazilian actress filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, suing him for causing her “to lose job opportunities because a facial procedure left her face looking enlarged and swollen.” The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles court.

While critics were confident that the actress would not be able to sue the surgeon under the legal theory of medical malpractice, she walked out of that court $1.16 million richer.

The case goes like this. The actress contacted the plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills to get Botox treatments in order to appear younger. But the surgeon recommended her to use dermal filler, which caused the actress’s face to become enlarged, swollen, and uneven. In additional to that, the actress sustained facial burns when the surgeon’s assistant attempted to use laser treatment to melt the dermal filler.

How to sue for a plastic surgery that went wrong?

The above-mentioned example proves that suing a plastic surgeon for botched plastic surgeries is not a futile endeavor. In fact, botched plastic surgery procedures fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice law in Texas, which means you are entitled to seek compensation for any damages arising out of a surgery that went wrong.

If you have become a victim of a botched cosmetic surgery, consult with a Dallas medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to find out about your legal options to recover damages. Get a free consultation by contacting Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Call our offices at 214-883-1700 or fill out this contact form.

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