Going to the hospital is not an experience to which we all look forward. Often times, a hospital visit is a source of stress for many people. Although a hospital visit is meant to help us when we are sick, sometimes a hospital visit only makes things worse.
An Arlington man understands a bad hospital visit all too well. About a year ago, the man found out that he had cancer in his left kidney. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, a doctor recommended that the man have surgery in order to remove the kidney. After the procedure, the man had a CT scan, which showed that his only remaining right kidney was the one that had the cancer all along.
The man now worries about the uncertainty of his future. Part of his right kidney has been removed, leaving him with reduced kidney function. Because of these difficulties, the man has filed suit against two doctors for medical malpractice and is seeking $1 million in damages.
A patient and doctor have a special relationship. Because of that relationship, a doctor owes his or her patients a duty of care. When a doctor violates this duty of care and acts in a way that is negligent and injures the patient, the patient is able to seek relief through the Texas court system.
Tort liability in a medical malpractice claim allows an injured party to seek recovery for the damages they have suffered. Compensation can be awarded for the individual's pain and suffering, lost wages due to an inability to work and/or past and future medical expenses.
Individuals who have suffered a loss because of another's negligence do not have to suffer silently. These individuals can have their rights best protected by seeking the assistance of an experienced legal professional in the state of Texas.
Source: Star-Telegram, "Arlington family files malpractice suit after wrong kidney removed," Elizabeth Campbell, June 12, 2014