Medical Errors are Third Leading Cause of Death
This guide provides a basic definition of the term "medical practice" and provides only some examples of how this is seen in our practice.
What does "Medical Malpractice" mean?The term "Medical Malpractice" is often used to talk about a situation when someone is injured or dies from a PREVENTABLE MEDICAL ERROR.
What are some common preventable errors?These errors commonly include situations such as the following:
FAILURE TO RUN NEEDED TESTS - examples include dismissing a chest pain patient without running an EKG to rule out a heart attack.
TECHNICAL MEDICAL ERRORS - examples include situations where a surgeon cuts the patient wrongly or operates on the wrong body part.
FAILURE TO ACT ON TEST RESULTS - examples include situations where doctors do not act based on results from MRIs, biopsies, or blood tests.
INADEQUATE PATIENT PREPARATION OR SCREENING - screening before surgeries to find out about known allergies or health issues is critical.
INADEQUATE FOLLOW UP - this involves discharge in situations where follow up care is needed.
ConclusionUltimately, under Texas law, the test will be whether the doctor's care fell below the standard of care and expert opinions supporting medical malpractice claims are required.
In addition, very specific time limitations apply to claims arising out of health care liability. In order to understand these deadlines, it is often best to consult with an attorney about your specific circumstances to protect your rights.