Highlands Today reported recently on a recent jury decision which found that a local doctor is responsible for damage to a patient following a surgical error. In March of 2003 the victim had surgery performed on a bicep by the negligent doctor. The patient had injured his left bicep tendon following an injury at work while attempting to lift a bucket of oil. The doctor was supposed to correct the mistake but instead reattached the tendon at the wrong location.
At trial it was explained that the doctor knew he made a mistake after he conducted post-operative treatment. However, even then, the doctor remained silent about the error and tried to cover up the mistake. The victim eventually went to receive a second opinion where the problem was finally brought to light.
It ultimately took a second surgery and more rehabilitation before his condition improved. However, the damage from the initial surgical error could not be corrected entirely and the patients will suffer permanent pain, loss of sensation, and partial loss of function in his left arm.
In the middle of the trial, the negligent doctor was forced to admit that he had made the mistake. Unfortunately it was not the first time that the doctor has caused problematic complications for a patient. The osteopathic physician had two previous complaints filed against him in the state, including one case where he made a cut on the wrong side of a patient’s hip during surgery.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the frequency of these types of medical errors and the degree of damage they cause in patient lives. Our experience has shown that too often patients never fully learn the truth behind the mistakes. That is why it is important to contact a medical malpractice attorney to help fight these repeated offenders of medical errors.