Patients go to hospitals expecting care that will save their lives or at least treat their sickness. What happens when a doctor breaches that trust in the most egregious way possible? It is now a well-known fact that medical malpractice is responsible for over 400,000 deaths per year. These deaths and injuries are caused by medical malpractice, or common negligence. An anesthesiologist in Dallas, Texas was arrested this week and “charged with injecting nerve blocking agents and other drugs into patient IV bags at a surgery center.” The doctor, Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, engaged in this reckless behavior so many times that he allegedly caused a series of expected cardiac emergencies, which then led to an investigation. Surveillance video caught him in the act. One victim, a fellow anesthesiologist, died in June 2022.
Most doctors do not TRY to harm patients. As with any other profession, however, there are always bad actors. While intentional conduct is thankfully not common, medical malpractice is very common, particularly in Arizona. In fact, Arizona is routinely named one of the worst states in the country for medical care.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by medical malpractice, contact Snyder & Wenner today.