Bedside manner and medical malpractice in Texas

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Bedside manner and medical malpractice in Texas

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Patients visit their doctor with the hope of receiving competent and compassionate care. However, all too often, this is not the case. Doctors in Texas may neglect their patients or treat them poorly, making their stay in the hospital a nightmare. To ensure you get your rights, here’s what you need to know about bad bedside manner and when you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Bad bedside manner by medical professionals

Factors that constitute bad bedside manner include:

  • Making condescending or rude statements.
  • Making uncomfortable jokes.
  • Bullying.
  • Ignoring or dismissing patients’ concerns.

You have a right to be treated with respect, and if you receive anything short of that, you should talk to the medical practitioner to stop that behavior. If they refuse, don’t hesitate to seek help.

Why is bad bedside manner dangerous to patients?

When you are sick, your body needs great care and good rest to heal itself as quickly as possible. If a medical practitioner is unkind to you, the emotional and mental distress can slow down your recovery or even make it worse. Sometimes it can be difficult to freely talk about your problems with the unkind doctor, leading to misdiagnosis and other complications.

Can you file a lawsuit?

Yes, you can sue the hospital for medical malpractice, and you should. However, to improve your chances of winning, you must show that:

  • The hospital owed you a duty of care by proving that the hospital knew or should have known about your specific medical condition and how to treat it
  • The hospital breached its duty of care through bad bedside manner
  • The breach of duty of care caused you harm or resulted in damages

If successful with your suit, the court will order the hospital or the doctor to pay for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and medical bills for injuries that resulted from their bad bedside manner. Since approximately 70% of medical malpractice cases get dismissed, denied, or dropped, you will need to gather sufficient evidence to build a strong case against the doctor or hospital with the help of your attorney.

Don’t let a bad bedside manner get in the way of your care; take action to get your rights. How a medical practitioner treats you in the hospital directly impacts your health.

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