Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a surgery will be successful. Your body may not have responded as expected during surgery, or complications could have arisen that could not have been anticipated. However, sometimes surgeries are unsuccessful because the surgeon or hospital was negligent. It’s been estimated that hundreds of thousands of people die in theU.S.alone each year because of negligence by health care providers.
In order to succeed in a medical malpractice case, a plaintiff must show the doctor or other health care professional was negligent in providing medical care, that negligence was the cause of some injuries, and that damages occurred as a result. When performing surgery, surgeons are required to use the same degree of skill and care that a surgeon of a similar type of specialty would use under the circumstances. If the surgeon fails to follow medical standards and provides substandard care, malpractice occurs. It can make a difference whether your surgery was performed on an emergency or an elective basis – if the surgery occurred because of a medical emergency that arose, your treatment will be different than a surgery that has been planned for months.
It’s important for a qualified medical malpractice attorney to meet with you to discuss whether you may have a medical malpractice case. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can review your records and consult with experts to determine whether your surgery outcome was the result of poor treatment or not.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, and you’re in theDallasarea, contact the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833 to learn more about your legal options.