All professionals make errors from time to time, but in the medical field, a single error can mean the difference between life and death. When a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, or other healthcare worker makes an error due to negligence–or failure to apply an accepted standard of care–it may be considered medical malpractice.
In order to correctly diagnose and treat an illness or injury, a doctor must take the time to fully evaluate all of a patient’s symptoms, vital signs, and overall health. If this process is rushed in any way, the doctor may misdiagnose the patient’s condition, leading to an ineffective or even dangerous treatment regimen.
If you were injured due to misdiagnosis or another form of medical malpractice, a Houston medical malpractice attorney at the Terry Bryant law firm wants to help you. We have many years of experience helping innocent victims just like you. Call us at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ERRORS
Prescribing medication is often crucial to help patients get better, but if a doctor is negligent in reviewing a patient’s records or diagnosing his or her condition, the medication may do more harm than good. Examples of negligence in prescribing medication can include:
- Not testing for allergies – If a patient is allergic to an ingredient in a medication, he or she may suffer serious or even fatal complications from it. Doctors must always review a patient’s records before prescribing medicine to prevent any potential allergic reactions.
- Dosages that are too high or too low – Prescribing a level of medication that’s too strong for a patient may result in severe side effects, while a dosage that’s too weak may be ineffective at treating the illness or injury. If a doctor doesn’t take into account a patient’s individual needs before prescribing a medication, he or she may be considered negligent.
- Creating drug interactions – When two medications are combined, the effects of each may become more intense, or the drugs may cancel each other out. Doctors have a responsibility to find out which medications their patients are taking—including over-the-counter medications and health supplements—to prevent drug interactions from occurring.
Surgery is a delicate procedure that requires concentration and focus. If a surgeon is careless at any point during the operation, a patient may suffer severe injuries and can even die. Negligence during surgery can lead to:
- Anesthesia errors – Administering too much anesthesia can cause a patient to suffer from oxygen deprivation, leading to brain damage, paralysis, or death. If too little anesthesia is given, the patient may wake up during surgery or may become aware while the procedure is taking place.
- Surgical tools left inside a patient – Scissors, scalpels, sponges, needles, and surgical clamps have all been found inside of patients after surgery. Surgeons who rush through the procedure may miscount their tools and could leave them inside their patients’ bodies, which could cause major complications.
- Wrong-site surgeries – Surgeons who don’t take the time to read their patients’ charts may operate on the wrong part of their bodies, leading to disability, illness, and severe emotional distress.
No matter how your injury occurred, our medical malpractice attorneys at Terry Bryant can handle it. We know how to investigate the medical errors that led to your injury or illness, and we can hold the negligible party accountable for the cost of your treatments. It’s our goal to help you any way we can, fill out a FREE initial consultation form.