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Medical MalpracticeMany people associate plastic surgery with cosmetic surgery, used to enhance physical features for aesthetic purposes. However, it actually encompasses much more – many medical procedures that involve the reshaping or restructuring of body parts are considered plastic surgery. These procedures aren’t solely aesthetic in nature, as many of them (such as skin grafts and reconstructive procedures) are needed to help return certain parts of the body to their normal functions. If a complication arises in your procedure, you will probably consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Barber Law Firm in Dallas wants to make sure you know what is required for you to have the best chance of achieving a favorable result.

What You Need to Prove in Order to Succeed

Typically, in order to be successful in a medical malpractice case the plaintiff needs to prove that negligence was committed. You will have to prove these following elements in order to prove negligence:

  • The patient was owed a duty of care by the plastic surgeon.
  • The surgeon breached that duty of care.
  • The negligent breach resulted in an injury to the patient.

It is usually very simple to prove the first element, since it is typically assumed that plastic surgeons have a duty of care to practice in accordance with the standards of the field of plastic surgery. However, proving causation – that the surgeon’s actions caused your injury – can be very difficult. There are times where injuries are not manifested until years after the procedure was performed. Also, there are usually several other professionals, such as nurses and other doctors, who are involved in a procedure. That is why you need to have the help of an experienced attorney if you are considering a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you or someone close to you has been harmed after a medical procedure involving plastic surgery, contact The Barber Law Firm online or call us at 866-986-1529 to learn how we may be able to help. Have you ever been harmed after undergoing plastic surgery? Share your story by clicking one of the social media buttons on this page.

Medical MalpracticeWhile modern society is one that is full of services, very few of them are actually necessary for everyday life. One service, however, that is undeniably essential is that of health care. From making sure that minor scrapes don’t turn into major infections to healing everything from broken bones to bruises, modern medicine solves a lot of problems. Sadly, though, there are also cases in which medical procedures do more harm than good.

While accidents can happen in any situation, mistakes and negligent behavior in the context of medicine can be more harmful and shocking because of the expectation that health care providers help solve problems, not create them. Whether a mistake or negligent act caused relatively minor injury or prompted wrongful death, you may have a cause of action for medical malpractice. To explore your rights with a qualified attorney, contact the Barber Law Firm today.

With many goods and services, you can simply get a refund for a defective product or shoddy craftsmanship. But when it comes to medicine, that is not the case. There is no instant recourse for a medical procedure, and even a refund can’t undo potentially crippling life-long damage from a medical procedure gone awry.

When you put your trust in a health care provider, you should be able to rely on his or her expertise. Society demands a high standard of care of medical practitioners, and given the cost, this seems justified. When practitioners fail to meet this standard, the recourse is not through returning a product but through medical malpractice action.

Although Dallas has high quality health care facilities, accidents and carelessness can happen everywhere. Don’t assume that a poor job is simply a risk that comes with undergoing a medical procedure. While not every procedure is guaranteed to provide complete relief in all cases, you are not responsible for taking the fall if a doctor fails to adhere to a standard of due care. Instead, you should look to a potential suit for malpractice.

Malpractice in medicine can be a complex field, so it’s best to seek an attorney’s advice. For a free consultation on your case, contact the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550.

Medical malpractice occurs more often than you might think. According to theInstituteofMedicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year because of preventable medical errors.

There are many misperceptions about medical malpractice lawsuits floating around out there. Although the perception among many is that doctors and hospitals are being sued for every tiny mistake they make, the truth is that only one in eight preventable medical errors committed in hospitals results in a malpractice lawsuit. Many people also think that huge punitive damages are available in most malpractice cases. The truth is that punitive damages are generally awarded in less than one percent of medical malpractice cases.

Medical malpractice can take many forms. Malpractice can be committed by any health care professional, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, office staff, and more. Malpractice can be a result of a failure to diagnose a problem, a misdiagnosis, improper treatment, a medication error, a surgical error, a failure to follow up, or many more causes. Medical malpractice could result in a complication or disability, either temporary or permanent, or death.

Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to compensation for their injuries. A person who’s injured because of a mistake made by a medical professional can receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other compensation. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Dallas medical malpractice attorneys at the Barber Law Firm.  Our firm has significant experience in helping the victims of medical malpractice, and we will be happy to help you get the compensation you deserve for your accident.

Medication Errors

April 10, 2012

Scientific advances the past few decades have brought us wonderful medications that can drastically improve the lives of those patients taking them. However, simple mistakes in prescribing or administering such medications to patients have taken countless lives. Unfortunately, medication errors have been estimated to account for about one-quarter of all medical malpractice cases. Often, those medication errors turn out to be fatal.

There are many types of medication errors that can occur in the prescription, distribution, or administration of different types of drugs. These mistakes can be made by any medical professional, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.

Some types of medication errors include:


  • Giving      the wrong dose. A doctor may prescribe the wrong dosage, which could      result in an underdose or an overdose. A nurse could fail to administer      the correct dosage. Or, a pharmacist may fail to correctly fill or label      the prescription, which could result in the wrong dose.
  • Interactions      among drugs.  Sometimes, if a      patient is taking more than one medication, those medications could      interact with each other in a dangerous way. This could occur if a doctor      failed to ask a patient if he or she was taking prescription drugs. Or      pharmacists may fail to note that a patient was prescribed two drugs that      could interact.
  • Receiving      the wrong drugs.  This could      happen in a variety of ways. A doctor may write down the wrong drug. A      nurse could administer the wrong drug. A pharmacist could accidentally      grab the wrong drug when filling a prescription.
  • Failing      to warn about a drug’s side effects.       Many drugs come with very serious side effects, which could affect      patients in dangerous ways.

Have you or a loved one been a victim of a medication error in Dallas that resulted in injury or death? If so, you may have a potential claim against a health care professional. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at The Barber Law Firm. We will work hard on your case.

When individuals visit a doctor or a hospital, they expect a very high standard of care. In some cases, patients leave a doctor’s office or a hospital with more problems than they had when they arrived. In other cases, the individuals may have been the victims of medical malpractice but they are unaware that malpractice actually occurred.

Hospital malpractice can include any type of negligence that may occur in a hospital or outpatient setting, and it can be committed by any hospital employee but is usually committed by a health care professional. There are a variety of types of hospital malpractice. Some include errors during surgery, medication errors, a failure to prevent infections, and health care professionals failing to do what they are supposed to, such as the failure to monitor a patient, the failure to diagnose a condition, or the failure to order tests.

Malpractice by a doctor usually occurs either when the doctor failed to do something (such as order extra tests), or made an outright error (such as prescribing the wrong medication). Doctor malpractice can occur in addition to hospital malpractice, or can be a separate issue.

Doctor malpractice and hospital malpractice issues can be complex to sort out. Do you suspect your doctor or hospital committed malpractice? If so, contact Dallas medical malpractice attorney Kris Barber at 817-527-8833. He will provide you with a free consultation and will help give you peace of mind about your legal situation. Contact him today to learn more.

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