Surgeries occur thousands of times a day in hospitals across the United States. Most surgeries end well, but sometimes mistakes are made. When medical mistakes are made they can cause serious harm or death. A recent lawsuit filed in Cook County alleges medical malpractice caused led to the death of a woman at Thorek Memorial Hospital. The woman underwent surgery for a blocked bowel and then for repair of hernias. During the procedure, the doctors apparently caused serious injury to the colon and bowel which became infected and led to the woman’s death. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Medical mistakes are also known as medical malpractice. Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of care because of their extensive training, knowledge, and education. When a mistake is made it is often caused by negligence on the part of the doctor. Negligence may occur when a doctor does something that should not have been done or fails to take action when it should be taken. When the negligent act leads to serious injury or death the doctor is responsible for any damages that were incurred as a result. In this instance, the woman suffered several serious medical problems as a result of the mistake including fever, tachycardia, sepsis, and confusion and later died.
Mistakes During Surgery
Medical mistakes are among one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of injuries and deaths that occur annually as a result of medical mistakes. These include surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis, and pharmaceutical errors, among others. Mistakes made during surgery are among the most serious and often do the most damage. As in this case, errors may lead to a wide variety of complications. Problems after surgery are not easily discovered and may only be determined after the patient’s condition deteriorates. Once this occurs, treatment may be too late, particularly in weak or elderly people.
Serious Medical Condition
Mistakes made during surgery or any medical procedure can lead to an infection. When the infection is deep inside the body it can go undetected for a period of time. It is only once the symptoms of infection become noticeable will doctors be able to diagnose and treat it. Symptoms of infection include fever, elevated heart rate (tachycardia) and eventually sepsis. Sepsis occurs when the infection invades the bloodstream and travels through the body. Sepsis is very dangerous and causes damage to the organs of the body. Once sepsis occurs it is difficult to treat and may lead to death. In this case, that very situation occurred.
The woman in this case unfortunately died as a result of the injuries she suffered due to the surgical error. The woman’s family is entitled to damages that should include money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs that were incurred as a result of the mistake. A medical malpractice lawsuit must typically be filed within two years of the incident. Many cases are settled prior to going to trial; however, if a trial is necessary your attorney will present the necessary documentation to prove liability and negligence. If your loved one suffered a serious injury or died because of medical malpractice contact Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.
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