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July Is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

July Is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

Over 440,000 people are killed by the actions of fatigued, overwhelmed, and negligent medical professionals each year. Over the last century, the American medical industry has developed into a colossal for-profit behemoth that prioritizes insurers and investors over patients. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers are consequently pressured to cycle through as many patients as possible to ensure the facility’s daily profitability. As a result, patients receive substandard care that often leads to devastating and even fatal injuries. Of course, medical malpractice isn’t limited to medical staffers at hospitals; psychiatrists, therapists, pharmacists, and other medical providers can also be held accountable for acts of medical negligence.

But what actions constitute medical malpractice? In Texas, an injured party or surviving family member can pursue damages for the following acts of negligence and more:

  • Performing surgery on the wrong body part
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Leaving surgical tools inside a patient
  • Prescribing or administering the wrong medications
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Using contaminated surgical tools
  • Misusing equipment or surgical instruments

A plaintiff in Texas can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if they were directly harmed by the actions, inactions, or omissions of a healthcare professional. Likewise, the surviving family members of a deceased patient can pursue restitution if a medical professional caused or directly contributed to their loved one’s passing.

The NMMAA & Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

Since 2013, the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association (NMMAA) has been working with local, state, and national lawmakers to counter medical malpractice incidence rates in the United States. Recently, they succeeded in declaring July as Medical Malpractice Awareness Month. For 2019, this civil rights organization is spearheading an awareness campaign entitled “End the Silence” with the hope that “through unity and education and the bringing together of likeminded individuals, the NMMAA as an organization will ‘END THE SILENCE’ by providing Hope and promoting Healing and by allowing Honor to the memories of all those injured or lost due to medical negligence.”

Interested in supporting Medical Malpractice Awareness Month? You can “End the Silence” by:

  • Posting news reports, resources, and studies on your social media accounts.
  • Sharing your personal stories or experiences.
  • Attending an awareness event.
  • Organizing or participating in community events.
  • Making a donation to the NMMAA.

Pursue Justice & Compensation with a Qualified Legal Representative

Unfortunately, greedy hospitals and negligent medical providers will never change unless they’re held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical professional, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm. Our experienced legal team can investigate your case to determine which parties are responsible for your injuries, calculate the maximum value of your claim, and aggressively represent your interests both in and out of court. With our guidance, you can hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and encourage industry changes by securing life-saving compensatory damages.

Contact The Daspit Law Firm at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case evaluation today.