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Malpractice Suit Filed After Woman Loses Both Legs

NBC News reported last week on a new malpractice lawsuit filed by a young mother who lost both legs following medical mistakes made by medical professionals charged with her care.

The victim underwent a gynecological procedure at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola last October. Unfortunately, the operation left the 30-year old woman much worse off than planned. In the suit her lawyers claim that doctors at the facility punctured her intestine. The puncture caused an infection and blood poisoning which in turn led to the development of gangrene. Eventually both of the woman’s legs needed to be amputated below the knee to stop the developing infection.

Throughout the entire ordeal the victim was in a coma. She ultimately awoke three weeks later without any knowledge of what had happened.

Since leaving the hospital the woman was forced to move-in with her mother and is unable to perform many of the necessary tasks to raise her 10 year old daughter. She explains, “I’m not able to take care of my daughter, get her ready for school or take her to the bus stop like a used to.”

Our Chicago malpractice attorneys at Levin and Perconti continue to work for victims like the woman here whose life was forever changed because of the errors of her medical team. When tragedies strike that forever alter the lives of a patient, it is imperative that the professionals who provided the care be held accountable for the parts of the process that they should have prevented. Certain aspects of medical care will never be fully preventable. However, the patient should have recourse for problems that would not have developed but for the negligence of the doctor.

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