Medical care doesn’t offer any guarantees, and there are times when treatment doesn’t work as effectively as expected. This means there will be unwanted outcomes that aren’t the result of medical malpractice. Knowing how to tell when your caregiver has been negligent will tell you when it’s the right time to consult a Texas medical malpractice attorney.
There Was a Misdiagnosis
One way that a caregiver can be legally negligent is by misdiagnosing your medical condition. For example, your doctor might assume that your chest pain is merely heartburn when tests would reveal that you suffer from a cardiovascular problem. In this case, failing to treat the underlying heart problem could cause the condition to worsen. You would be able to pursue damages for the misdiagnosis.
There Was a Surgical Error
This type of medical malpractice is commonly seen on television and in movies for dramatic effect. In rare cases, a surgical error can occur in real-life situations. This can include sewing up medical equipment inside the patient, performing the wrong surgery, or performing surgery on the wrong patient.
There Was a Failure to Disclose Information
An important aspect of patient rights is informed consent. Failing to disclose side effects or other important factors before prescribing treatment can be considered negligence. If the patient suffers an allergic reaction or other adverse effects because their doctor failed to disclose the relevant information, a Texas medical malpractice attorney can hold them liable for damages in a lawsuit.
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