Common Causes of Medical Malpractice in Texas
- May 8, 2013
- Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice in Dallas affects thousands of people every year. In fact, on a national level, over 98,000 people die every year as a direct result of preventable medical errors. Hundreds of thousands more suffer from non-fatal injuries caused by negligence. These numbers are shocking and bring a fear of the medical industry to many people.
Medical malpractice is caused by the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional and other employees working in the facility in which they practice. It may come as a result of a failure of a professional to follow established medical procedures.
Some of the common causes of medical malpractice in Texas are:
- Surgical errors – There are many errors that can take place before, during and after a surgery. Most of these errors can be avoided by following established procedures and clear communication between professionals.
- Infection – Every year, health care-associated infections, HAI, affect approximately two million patients. It has been estimated that one in every 20 hospitalized patients will contract some form of a HAI. Many of these infections can be prevented by proper care of health professionals.
- Medication errors – Many times patients are given the wrong medication, wrong dosage or a wrong dosage of a medication that can result in serious harm and even death. Patients may also be given medications they are allergic to.
- Healthcare worker fatigue – Nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals often work long hours with very few hours to rest in between shifts. Evidence has shown that fatigue in these professionals makes it more likely that an error will occur.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Many victims of medical malpractice do not pursue action or retribution. You should not take this route. Contact an experienced Texas medical malpractice lawyer at Guajardo & Marks to get the compensation you deserve. Call 972-774-9800 today for a free case evaluation.