- What is medical malpractice?
- What are examples of medical malpractice?
- What are the signs of medical malpractice?
- How can I prevent medical malpractice?
- What should I do if I’m a victim of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined by an act of negligence—or failure to uphold an accepted standard of practice or care—by a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or pharmacist. These errors can often have serious consequences for a patient and can lead to major injuries, illness, or even death.
Because of the complex nature of practicing medicine, medical malpractice can occur in many different ways and at different times during treatment. Common examples of medical malpractice can include:
- delayed treatment of illness or injury,
- prescribing an incorrect medication or dosage,
- poor sanitation or sterilization of medical equipment,
- operating or treating patients while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- and more.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, it’s our job to investigate cases of suspected medical malpractice and prove who was responsible for your injury or illness. Our Houston medical malpractice lawyers have extensive knowledge of the evidence, procedure, and legal process involved in these types of cases. Call us at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.
Sudden unexplained illnesses after treatment, severe and unusual pain or infection after surgery, or a worsening of your condition all may be signs that medical malpractice has taken place.
The best way to prevent medical malpractice is to research and investigate any doctor or healthcare provider you or your loved ones plan on using. There many websites, such as DrScore and RateMDs that allow potential patients to read reviews and experiences other people have had with doctors and hospitals.
You also can utilize the websites for the Texas Medical Board and the Texas Board of Nursing to determine if any disciplinary action has been taken against your doctor or nurses’ medical license and permits.
If you suspect medical malpractice, you should immediately seek treatment from another trusted medical professional. Symptoms of medical malpractice may take time to show up, and this will rule out any internal harm or dangers your previous healthcare provider may have exposed you to.
It’s also important to get qualified and experienced legal advice on your side. The Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Terry Bryant can investigate your case and determine how and where medical malpractice took place.