Medical malpractice nearly claims a child's life in Texas

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013

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The feelings associated with becoming a parent are indescribable and every parent wants what is best for their child. When danger enters the picture and threatens their child, many parents will stop at nothing to uncover the truth and protect their child in whatever way possible.

Hannah is a six-year-old girl from Texas who suddenly became ill. Her parents brought her to the hospital when she was sick with fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The hospital sent her home, telling her parents that she was dehydrated and had a virus. The parents continued to bring their daughter back to the hospital for a week, but three doctors confirmed that dehydration was the diagnosis. At the conclusion of a week, Hannah started coughing up blood and the doctors finally examined her appendix, finding that it had burst.

The emergency surgery almost took Hannah's life. The little girl now has permanent brain damage and an amputated leg. Hannah's parents believe that this is a problem that should have been caught and the family is now suing the hospital and doctors for the money to cover the girl's past and expected medical expenses.

Medical malpractice can lead to extremely serious consequences. Families and individuals are often placed in situations where there is an overwhelming financial and physical burden. The legal system does offer relief to these individuals. Any individual that believes they have suffered a medical consequence because of a doctor, hospital or pharmaceutical company's actions is able to bring forth a medical malpractice lawsuit in the state of Texas.

In order to hold a medical professional responsible for an injury, legal fault must be proven. In many cases, proving that an individual was negligent, in turn, proves fault. In order to demonstrate negligence, one must establish that there was a reasonable duty that the medical professional had, they did not uphold that duty and that there is a causal link between the failure to uphold the duty and the injury that resulted.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can become particularly complex. In order to protect one's rights, discussing a situation with a legal professional in the state of Texas can prove extremely useful.

Source: CBS 7, "Hannah's Story: Family Files Lawsuit Aimed at Midland Hospital 7/29/13," Matt Rist, July 29, 2013

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