Levin & Perconti law firm is representing a woman who suffered permanent injuries after a surgical mistake. The woman was involved in a car accident during which she broke her pelvis. She was taken to the hospital where it was determined that surgery was required. The woman underwent an operation to repair her pelvic fractures; however, a surgical mistake caused nerve damage in her lower extremities. The woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County claiming medical malpractice on the part of the surgeons and hospital.
Surgical mistakes can and do happen regularly in hospitals across the country. When you need to have a surgical procedure done you trust that the surgeons will perform their job properly and that no problems will occur. When a mistake happens during surgery it can cause serious ongoing medical problems or even death. In this case, the surgeons did not position the woman properly during and following the surgery and this lead to nerve damage. Nerve damage causes a number of symptoms and can be quite painful. The woman will likely suffer from the effects of the damage for the rest of her life.
Nerve Damage and Pain
There are many types of nerve damage that can occur and each may have its own symptoms. Some of the symptoms of nerve damage may include tingling, numbness, pain, burning sensation, and sensitivity. Nerve damage such as what occurred here, from a surgical error, will never be cured. Treatment consists mainly of pain management using pain relievers and possibly with the use of antidepressants. The extent of the nerve damage could cause problems walking or standing. Patients may also experience problems sleeping or when they sit in one position for a period of time.
Medical malpractice occurred when the surgeons did not properly position the patient, according to the lawsuit. This ultimately resulted in permanent damage to the woman’s nerves in her legs and feet. Surgeons and other medical professionals are required to exercise proper care. When a mistake is made they are held responsible because with their knowledge, training, and expertise they should have performed correctly. In this instance, there are three doctors named in the lawsuit along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Malpractice Lawsuit Filed
In some cases, medical mistakes can be quite harmful and, as in this situation, cause permanent medical damage. The mistakes that were made cannot be reversed but the symptoms can be treated to make the injury less painful. The victim of a medical mistake should receive money for damages that were caused by the injury. Damages may include medical expenses, money for pain and suffering, and for loss of enjoyment of life. While no amount of money can take away the injury, it can help the victim pay for the harm that was caused. If you or a loved one were seriously injured because of the mistake of a doctor or surgeon contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your options.
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