When Is It Medical Malpractice?
It is easy to get mad at the doctors or nurses who tell us something that we don’t want to hear. It is easy to blame hospital staff when something goes awry, but usually, we are angry because of the situation. People don’t like seeing their loved ones in pain or seeing their loved ones die before their time. This causes people to act out and accuse those who are the closest to their surrounding such as doctors and hospital staff. However, after the initial shock of diagnosis or losing someone, you can understand that the doctors, nurses, and medical staff know best. However, there are times when the hospital staff get it wrong. There are times when the doctors don’t know what they are doing and you are left picking up the pieces of a medical error.
Medical Malpractice Defined
Medical malpractice is when a doctor, nurse, or hospital staff does not meet the standard of care or skill needed to care for the patient. This means that if you were misdiagnosed it could be because you are not being seen with the same standard of care as another medical professional. Or if you were assigned the wrong medication then that is malpractice as well. It is a very serious allegation and why doctors and medical staff have insurance policies that cover malpractice. Not to mention, the tort reform of 2003 makes it harder for people to sue for malpractice, but it isn’t impossible.
For example, the husband of a deceased woman is suing Dallas County for her. They are suing for medical malpractice because her situation would have turned out very different had the medical staff treated the woman better. The story goes that the woman experienced a seizure and was taken in an ambulance to the nearby hospital. There a CT scan was taken and allegedly the scan showed that the woman had blood on her brain.
The doctors discharged her with a sinus infection and migraine due to stress at work. The was sent home only to experience another seizure where she was taken in another ambulance to another hospital. There she had one more seizure. At the second hospital, she was pronounced brain dead. After looking at the scan one more time it is plain to see that something was happening in the brain, yet she was discharged. The husband is curious as to whether anyone even really looked a the scan or not.
What To Do
If you or a loved one is suffering because of a medical error, misdiagnosis, or if you feel that standard of care was not used then our Dallas Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde are ready to speak with your about your options. Texas may have made it harder to approach malpractice cases, but your story deserves to be heard and seen. Call 214-883-1700 or click here to speak with our professional attorneys. We can guide you through the process and help you recover what you can. After all, they call us the Resident Barracuda for a reason.