A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County claiming medical malpractice on the part of the doctors who performed hair restoration surgery on her husband. The man underwent surgery for hair restoration and died during the procedures. The suit alleges that the doctors were negligent in not utilizing an EKG monitor during the surgery, even though the man had a history of heart disease. The use of a monitor could have prevented the man’s death, according to court documents. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Hair Restoration Procedures
Hair restoration is generally considered a safe procedure. Nobody thinks that having their hair restored will end with serious medical injury or death. There are different types of procedures that may be performed to restore hair. Hair from one area may be extracted and transplanted into the scalp. Each procedure may take up to four hours and is often done with local anesthetic. Candidates for any type of elective surgery should undergo a series of medical examinations and tests to ensure that the procedure can be safely performed. If an underlying medical condition exists it must be evaluated prior to the surgery.
Elective Surgery Can Be Dangerous
Just because you choose to have surgery does not mean that it is without risks. All types of surgeries, including elective surgery, can be dangerous. Of course, the doctor must take the necessary precautions to ensure that the operation is performed safely. In this case, the doctor did not monitor the man’s heart during the procedure, which most likely should have been done. This is especially important in this instance because the man had a known heart condition. While most elective surgeries go well, sometimes they can lead to medical problems or, as in this case, death.
Failure to Monitor is Negligence
Doctors are required to provide a high level of care. We expect our medical professionals to do whatever is necessary to keep us safe. Medical malpractice may consist of something the doctor does wrong or something that he fails to do, which causes serious injury or death. The doctors named in this lawsuit were apparently not providing the monitoring needed to ensure that the patient was kept safe throughout the procedure. This amounts to negligence and is considered medical malpractice, according to the lawsuit.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
In this instance, the man’s wife filed the lawsuit after his death. He was a husband and father of two. His premature death has left his family alone and the children will have to grow up without him. This tragic incident could have been avoided if the doctors had monitored the man’s condition during the surgery. Additionally, the man’s heart condition may have precluded him from getting the procedure done at all. These factors all point to the possibility that the man died as a result of medical malpractice. Damages typically include medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and compensation for the loss of a father and provider. If your loved one was seriously injured or died as the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages. Contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case with a free consultation today.