On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Doctor Errors on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Patients nationwide, including in Texas, put their trust in doctors, not realizing that they may be putting their lives in the hands of medical professionals. Although it is true that mistakes do happen, certain errors made in medical facilities are inexcusable. Medical malpractice lawsuits are prevalent, but it is a complicated area of the law and often best pursued with the guidance and support of a legal representative.

Examples of unacceptable errors include a 49-year-old man who had an abdominal tumor surgically removed in 2000 and was left with a 13-inch long metal retractor in his abdomen. A male bodybuilder went to have pecs implanted, but woke up to find no pecs but a pair of C-cup breasts. A Caucasian woman went to a fertility clinic to have her husband’s sperm implanted, but upon the birth of a dark skinned baby, it was discovered that the sperm of a complete stranger was inserted.

Another surgical error that occurs from time to time is the amputation of the wrong limb as was the case when surgeons realized during a procedure that they had just amputated the wrong leg of a 52-year-old man. A woman has to live with a disfigured face after doctors convinced her to have half her chin removed to get rid of a malignant growth. Three months later she was informed that she was free of cancer, but also that the growth was not malignant and that she had never had cancer.

Medical malpractice should not be tolerated, but, without expert knowledge and access to hospital records, it can be difficult for a victim to pursue financial relief. A Texas medical malpractice attorney can launch an independent investigation to obtain the necessary documentation to build a strong case. If negligence on the part of a hospital or medical personnel is established, the court will adjudicate all documented claims for physical, emotional and financial damages sustained by the client.

Source: healthaim.com, “Medical Malpractice: The Most Disturbing Medical Errors Worldwide”, Darwin Malicdem, July 8, 2016