An Arkansas woman has recently filed a lawsuit against a Texarkana podiatrist. The claim states that the doctor failed to warn the woman about the risks that were associated with the surgical procedures on her foot.
The woman started to feel a burning sensation between her toes in 2007 and sought help from a Texas podiatrist. In July of 2011, the doctor started to perform several surgical procedures on the woman to alleviate the pain. The woman claims, however, that these procedures were unnecessary and resulted in permanent damage to her right foot. She also claims that the doctor expressed that she would have a quick recovery. Instead, the woman has had to have other surgeries when the bones in her foot did not heal properly.
A doctor has a duty to provide reasonable care to his or her patients. When a doctor breaches that duty and harm or damage results, a patient may be able to sue the doctor for damages. Doctors have a duty of care in every doctor-patient relationship that they develop and they are expected to use the same amount of skill, care, and diligence in their work that any other doctor would put forth.
When a doctor fails to meet a reasonable care standard and negligence is demonstrated in the Texas court system, a patient is eligible to collect damages for their injury. These patients are able to collect for the pain and suffering they have endured, past medical expenses, future medical expenses and lost wages.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can prove to be extremely complex in the state of Texas. When an individual is faced with the option of suing, seeking the advice of an experienced legal professional is one of the best ways to protect their rights and ensure their case is on the right track.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Texarakana podiatrist sued for medical malpractice," Michelle Keahey, September 24, 2013