On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

There are certain standards of care that Texas doctors are expected to maintain. Failure to maintain these standards may lead to medical malpractice claims against physicians who are believed to have been negligent. It was recently reported that the Texas Medical Board alleges medical negligence against an Amarillo doctor who is accused of having sexual relations with his patients and of providing substandard care during two surgical procedures.

The first incident occurred during a hysterectomy procedure in 2010. A nurse apparently told the medical team and the doctor that the catheter bag of the patient had somehow filled with air. This led to an injury to the patient’s bladder, and by medical standards, such an injury must be repaired immediately. The doctor allegedly failed to attend to the injury, leading to her condition deteriorating. The woman apparently had to undergo three more surgical procedures before another doctor identified the injury and repaired it.

Medical board documents indicate that the other incident occurred in 2011 when the accused doctor performed a hysterectomy in which a bladder laceration occurred. This caused the surgical procedure to take longer than usual, and during this time, another one of his patients went into labor at a different medical facility. According to hearing documents, the doctor went to attend to the patient who was ready to give birth while leaving the surgical patient under prolonged anesthesia for at least 30 minutes. The hysterectomy patient apparently suffered severe post-surgical complications.

It was also alleged that the doctor had sexual relations with patients on multiple occasions. The doctor’s existing patients are naturally concerned about their welfare while under his care. Any Texas resident who believes that his or her medical condition and resulting expenses resulted from the negligence of a doctor may have a viable claim against the doctor. However, the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney may be valuable in establishing negligence and a professional presentation of a medical malpractice claim in a civil court.

Source: newschannel10.com, “Amarillo doctor’s medical license in jeopardy”, June 13, 2015

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