In our last library article, we shared three common myths about Texas medical malpractice, medical malpractice tort reform, and how medical malpractice affects the healthcare system. This week, we’ll take a closer look at three more medical malpractice myths – this time focusing on medical malpractice myths that injury victims might hear from friends, family members, hospitals, and doctors.
Myth #1: It wasn’t a medical mistake. It was a common, unpreventable complication.
Experts believe that tens of thousands of medical errors go unreported each year – many because injury victims and their families believe that they suffered from a normal complication or a reasonable doctor decision. In some cases, the only way to know if you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice is to have your medical history and other evidence reviewed by a medical expert.
Myth #2: There was simply nothing we could do.
Unfortunately, many patients do not understand the difference between a reasonable standard of care and negligent actions. While it is true that in some cases a patient suffers from a condition or complication that can’t be helped, it is also true that some conditions are not properly diagnosed while others are not properly treated, while still others are not treated in a timely manner.
Myth #3: The same thing would have happened with a different doctor or at a different hospital.
Again, the only way that you can know that this fact is true is to speak with a Texas medical malpractice attorney or a medical expert who understands the standard of care. Do not take the doctor’s or hospital’s word for it when they say that your outcome or our loved one’s outcome was inevitable. Instead, collect the evidence of your case and get it to an unbiased medical professional who can let you know the truth.
The bottom line is that it can be difficult to know who to believe in the wake of a medical error, whether you are speaking to well-meaning family, the hospital’s staff, or your own physician. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t buy into the myths. Contact a Texas medical malpractice attorney today and get to the bottom of your case with experts who care.