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Killer Surgeon Allowed To Continue To Practice

Killer Surgeon Allowed To Continue To Practice
By: Dorothy Hyde Posted in: Medical Malpractice

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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