When someone seeks medical care in Texas, they expect to be diagnosed correctly and in a timely manner. A misdiagnosis can lead to long-term issues for the patient, and in some cases, it can be fatal. Sadly, a family in another state is mourning the loss of a loved one because he was not properly diagnosed and treated. The doctor who cared for the man was fined and ordered to further his education in his field, but the victim’s family doesn’t believe his punishment was severe enough.
The cause of medical malpractice accusations
The victim was a man seeking treatment for pain in his knee. The doctor who treated him had been practicing medicine for over 40 years and was a well-respected physician with no prior history of medical malpractice accusations. Ultimately, the state’s board of health determined that the physician was guilty of medical malpractice.
In this case, the doctor was accused and agreed to a settlement. The victim’s daughter is understandably devastated at the loss of her father and she believes the fine and order of continued education is not enough. She now hopes to work towards getting the medical malpractice laws changed in her state to help victims and their families in the future.
Medical malpractice victims have legal rights
Not every injury or death related to medical diagnosis and treatment can be attributed to medical malpractice. But when a Texas healthcare provider fails to follow the proper standards of care, and a patient is injured in some manner, the patient or their surviving family members have the right to seek justice through the legal system. Compensation from a medical malpractice suit can provide funds to take care of medical bills, costs associated with loss of work, and other expenses.