Pearland Medical Malpractice Attorney
Estimates suggest as many as 400,000 Americans die every year due to medical negligence. At Brown, Christie & Green, our Pearland medical malpractice attorney knows that figure may be much higher. It is not possible to pinpoint an exact figure because so many mistakes go unreported by medical professionals and unidentified by victims.
Victims of medical malpractice spend billions of dollars each year for corrective surgery, prolonged treatment, extra days in the hospital, and rehabilitation services. The indirect costs of malpractice are staggering: loss of economic productivity because of wrongful death or prolonged illness counts to the trillions every year.
With numbers like this, it can be easy to feel like a statistic. You may be discouraged and feel like there is no hope for justice. That is why you need to work with a Pearland medical malpractice attorney at Brown, Christie, & Green. When you work with our firm, you are not a nameless number. You are someone suffering due to someone else’s mistake, and you deserve justice.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
When medical professionals make a mistake, they may not admit it. Healthcare providers often receive training on the best way to disclose an unfavorable outcome to avoid a lawsuit. In the end, what your doctor says about your treatment does not matter as much as his or her actions.
If medical records and witnesses can make an argument that the provider’s action or inaction directly contributed to your injury or illness, you have a strong claim.
That said, not every sad outcome in a medical setting is medical malpractice. When in doubt, seek the advice of a Pearland medical malpractice attorney, especially if any of the following have happened to you:
- Surgical error: The ways in which surgery goes wrong that could have been prevented, including use of improper or outdated technique, a retained foreign body, or a malfunctioning surgical instrument.
- Product or device malfunction: The failure of a medical device to function in the manner in which it is intended, including defibrillator misfire, breast implant illness, or cyber attack.
- Medication error: The omission or improper administration of medications, including overdose of insulin and skipped doses.
- Birth injury: A birth injury is an injury a newborn baby suffers immediately prior to, during, or shortly after birth. Common birth injuries include brachial plexus injury, hypoxia, and forceps injury.
- Bedsores: Open wounds caused by tissue death in an area of skin under constant pressure. Bedsores should never develop in a clinical setting.
- Criminal harm: The victimization of a patient from criminal action while under the care of a medical facility, including abduction, theft, and sexual assault.
Talk to a Pearland Medical Malpractice Attorney
If a doctor’s negligence is causing pain and suffering in your life, Brown, Christie, & Green can help. Our attorneys will consult on your claim for no initial cost, and you will not pay any fees until we secure a verdict or settlement for you. Call today to request a free consultation at 1-800-600-4210. You can also reach out online.
- Failure to diagnose
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
If you suffer an illness or injury due to medical care you received, do not waste time in exploring if your situation constitutes medical malpractice.
What are Infection Control Standards in Hospitals?
Hospitals are vectors of infectious disease. Considering the volume of patients who filter in and out of most metropolitan hospitals, the effectiveness of infection control standards in hospitals is frankly amazing.
Inadequate infection control can lead to patients developing an infection, sepsis or bedsores, which are often preventable. The important components of effective infection control are patient screening, sanitation, and decisive isolation practices.
Screening patients who enter the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is particularly important. Before entering a ward with other very sick and fragile patients, all patients being admitted to the ICU should be screened for:
- Skin rashes
- Known communicable diseases
- Known strains of easily spread bacteria
There are five moments of patient care when healthcare workers should wash their hands:
- Prior to touching a patient
- After any risk of bodily fluid exposure
- Before procedures that benefit from a sterile environment
- After touching the patient
- After touching the patient’s surrounding
Responsible hand washing can stop the spread of disease in its tracks. Effective hand washing procedures involve hot water and scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds. For medical professionals, it must seem as if they wash their hands all day long, but effective sanitation can be a bulwark against an epidemic.
The ability and willingness to effectively isolate one or more patients who present a threat to the public health is a very important procedure in hospitals. Usually, facilities use special vent and air filtration systems in isolation rooms that are specifically designed to prevent the spread of disease.
Without special facilities, isolation can also be an effective procedure to control infection.
Have You been Diagnosed with a Hospital-Acquired Infection?
If you or someone you love is suffering because of a hospital-acquired infection, call Brown, Christie, & Green today. Patients have a right to a clean, sanitary and safe medical environment. When inadequate or improper infection control harms patients, the facility should be held accountable. The Pearland medical malpractice attorney at Brown, Christie & Green can help.
Find out more by calling us at 1-800-600-4210, or by completing our online contact form.