Our doctor is expected to provide us with high quality care. We depend on a physician to properly diagnose a medical condition and then offer correct treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes a problem can occur which may cause injury or even death. In one such case, a routine hip surgery went wrong, causing extensive pain and a severe infection. A malpractice lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Rush University Medical Center, the doctor and the orthopedics department, claiming negligence and breach of duty.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery, also called hip arthroplasty, is a rather common procedure. The surgery is minimally invasive and is done to eliminate pain and mobility reduction of the hip joint. Arthritis is one of the most common reasons for having hip arthroplasty. It is usually considered a very safe procedure when performed properly. In this case, the man had the surgery at the recommendation of his doctor as a way to resolve pain in his left hip. After the procedure, however, the man began to experience pain at the site of the incision and also had an elevated temperature. His condition deteriorated and the doctor finally determined that the man had developed an infection.
While the surgical procedure itself must be performed properly, the patient must be monitored after surgery. According to the lawsuit, the man in this instance did visit the doctor about two weeks after surgery but the doctor did not note any problems. The suit states that it was more than three weeks later when the doctor realized the infection and then drained the wound. Surgeons and other medical professionals have a duty to use their skill and knowledge and must use reasonable care in treating patients. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the surgeon acted negligently and caused the man to suffer injuries as a result.
Medical malpractice consists of negligent actions which should not have been performed by a doctor. Malpractice can also be attributed to the lack of action when it is warranted. For example, in this case, the doctor is expected to know when an infection could be present and take the necessary steps to resolve any post-surgery problems. Since this did not occur, the doctor is likely negligent and therefore breached his duty to provide proper care. Had the doctor diagnosed the problem and treated it immediately the infection would not have progressed. Instead, the man suffered severe pain and had to have additional medical visits and treatments done.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
When a medical mistake occurs it can cause injuries that require expensive medical treatments and ongoing care. Injuries may be very painful and can cause you to lose time at work and may even be life-threatening. When a doctor’s negligence leaves you injured you have the right to recover damages. Generally, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the occurrence. If you or a loved one are the victims of medical malpractice you deserve compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case with a free consultation.
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