Not All Adverse Medical Results Constitute Medical Malpractice

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On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Houston Lawyer to Sue Doctor on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

The well respected and highly educated demeanor of medical professionals in Texas sometimes leaves patients in awe and somewhat intimidated. Asking questions and seeking explanations of procedures may remind doctors that most of their patients do not have the same training and do not speak the same language. Many medical malpractice lawsuits arise from the lack of proper communication between doctors and patients.

Communication errors occur in the daily lives of most people, such as the tire shop attendant replacing the left rear tire instead of the right one as instructed, or the gardening services workers removing a favorite tree rather than trimming it as requested. However, those errors do not have life-threatening consequences. When a patient dies or is injured by substandard or negligent medical care, the injured patient or the family of a deceased patient may have a claim for monetary damages.

However, not every adverse medical outcome is caused by medical negligence. Some fractures may never heal perfectly, and not all cancer treatments are successful. Only if the unfavorable results can be proved to have been caused by medical negligence can a doctor be held accountable. Nevertheless, the consequences of doctors’ errors are not always immediately evident. When health problems later raise suspicions about possible errors or negligence during prior treatment by a medical professional, the viability of a claim may be considered.

Trying to gain access to medical records that may show errors or negligence on the part of medical professionals may be difficult. In these circumstances, the best course of action may be to consult with an experienced Texas medical malpractice attorney. Our Houston medical injury law firm is here to help. A lawyer can help to differentiate between medical malpractice and health care that is reasonable under the circumstances. An attorney can also access the medical records necessary to pursue compensation for physical pain and suffering, financial stress and emotional trauma.

Source:, “Incompetent Doc? Medical Malpractice and What it Means for You”, Savannah Coulsen, Dec. 9, 2015



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