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Texas patients may be affected by medical malpractice issues

A recent survey questioned approximately 60 surgeons regarding medical errors, asking how they typically respond to injured patients and their families when they have made mistakes. National guidelines list specific protocols for addressing such matters. Some in Texas have suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, and they may or may not have received apologies from those deemed responsible for their injuries.

The majority of surgeons who participated in the survey said they only adhere to roughly five of the eight nationally recommended guidelines regarding full disclosure of errors to injured patients and families, including offering apologies when appropriate. One doctor said it is difficult to discuss such things, and many doctors fall short when it comes to owning up to their own mistakes. He also said a patient has the right to know when something does not go as planned during medical treatment.

Surgical errors often include operating on the wrong body parts, leaving medical tools inside bodies and puncturing internal organs with sharp objects. Apparently, one patient was given extra antibiotics after a medical student's eyeglasses fell into the patient's body during surgery. Any Texas patient injured by medical malpractice who wishes to consider filing a claim may begin the process by requesting a consultation with an experienced attorney in the area.

Families who suffer the untimely deaths of loved ones due to medical malpractice are often devastated. Not only is it difficult to bear the reality of a family member's unexpected death, but a death may also leave a family with tremendous financial burdens due to expenses often associated with such incidents. It is only right that state law provides for families by allowing them to file claims against anyone deemed responsible for their loved ones' deaths.

Source: CBS, "Would a surgeon tell you if something went wrong during your operation?", Mary Brophy Marcus, July 20, 2016

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