Surgery can be particularly stressful. No surgery is without risk, however. When a patient enters the surgical room, many want to believe that their doctor is about to do everything they can in order to make the surgery a success.
Recently, a Texas doctor is being accused of not taking proper care when performing surgery on his patients. The neurosurgeon has been suspended from his practice by the state of Texas.
It has been stated that there were 38 "mistakes" made by the suspended doctor. Two of these resulted in the death of his patients while another patient was partially paralyzed from his negligence. Some suspect that the doctor was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol which could explain his behavior.
When a doctor does not exhibit the standard of care that is expected of a doctor, legal action is available in the state of Texas. A doctor must demonstrate behavior that is reasonably expected of an expert in their field. When this does not happen, and a party is injured as a result, negligence is likely.
When a party is injured, they should first contact the medical professional involved in the incident in order to gain an understanding of what went wrong. If this does not work, contacting a licensing board provides the individual with guidance towards their next steps.
In pursuing a medical malpractice legal claim, it is important that the injured party understand that there is a time limit that exists in bringing forth a claim. Moving forward as soon as a problem becomes known is essential. Obtaining a medical assessment to confirm the problem is also beneficial in moving forward and someone experienced in medical malpractice claims can help guide the injured victim through that process.
There are many important steps and considerations when pursuing a medical malpractice claim. Contacting an experienced legal professional in Texas can aid the injured party in order to protect their rights.
Source: Dallas Observer, "Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Plano Surgeon Suspended for Killing Patients, Gets Sued for Malpractice," Eric Nicholson, June 28, 2013