A Texas neurosurgeon was apparently so negligent in his medical practices that he was charged with assault of his patients. The actions were so careless that they actually went beyond medical malpractice and crossed into substantial criminal behavior. The doctor was stripped of his medical license after the incidents were reported. Two patients actually died as a direct result of the negligent activities. Two other patients were left with disabling injuries. When a patient is the victim of negligent care, consult with an attorney at Levin & Perconti to examine your case and provide you with legal guidance.
Medical malpractice is a serious offense which must be immediately addressed. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high standard of care to patients. When the standard of care is violated the result could be medical malpractice. According to statistics reported by Forbes, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The top two causes of death are cancer and heart disease. This is a disturbing fact and one that could be avoided. If a doctor does not provide proper care it must be reported to keep the situation from occurring again. Unfortunately, too many cases of malpractice go unreported.
In this particular case, the surgeon was indicted on multiple assault charges that stem from the harmful treatment of patients. The charges allege that the surgeon’s hands acted as deadly weapons. The surgeon performed various acts that were negligent and harmed six patients. For example, the doctor improperly inserted screws and medical devices in an attempt to ease pain. In another instance, he performed surgery on the incorrect area of a patient’s spine, causing disability. In another surgery, the doctor negligently left a sponge inside the patient. The doctor is awaiting trial on the criminal charges.
Negligence on the part of a doctor or surgeon is not acceptable. However, a patient must be able to prove that the doctor’s negligent actions caused harm. This is best done with help from a professional. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer reviews the situation and does the research necessary to move forward with your case.
Negligent behavior is quite common, although criminal assault charges to doctors are not. A negligence case must meet several elements. There must have been a legal obligation to provide reasonable care and the care provided failed to meet that standard. Additionally, the person must have suffered damages as a result of the negligent care and the doctor was liable for the negligence. When these burdens are met, there is a likelihood that the case may move forward as medical malpractice.
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If you or a loved one has been harmed because of the negligence of a doctor, it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for damages related to your injury, including money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are legal time limits for filing claims. Contact Levin & Perconti today for a consultation.
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