Texas Doctor Causes Deaths Of Seven People
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.