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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed for Eye Injury During Surgery

A man and his wife have filed a lawsuit for medical malpractice against a hospital and medical team after a mistake during surgery. The man was undergoing a surgical procedure for sleep apnea when the injury occurred. The injury was caused, according to the lawsuit, by the failure to protect him from injuries and by using a material that could cause harm. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and requests damages in excess of $50,000 and a jury trial.

Routine Surgery

Many types of surgical procedures are considered to be routine because they are performed quite often. In this case, the man underwent surgery to correct sleep apnea. The surgical procedure itself was successful but during the surgery something went wrong. Something that was used in the surgery caused injury to the man’s eyes. The lawsuit claims that the medical team failed to prevent the injury by improperly preparing for the procedure. While the surgery did not involve the man’s eyes, his eyes were hurt because of the negligent act.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition where a person stops breathing while asleep. The condition can be cause for concern when it becomes severe. Some methods are used to reduce the situation from occurring, however, one of the only ways to resolve the problem completely is through surgery. Surgical procedures are done to reduce the obstruction in the throat, which is often the reason for sleep apnea to happen. The surgery affects the throat or nose and does not involve the eyes whatsoever. In this situation, the man’s eyes were hurt because of an accident that happened during the procedure.

Negligence

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional are negligent and cause harm to a patient. Doctors are held to a specific standard of care based on their extensive medical training, knowledge, and expertise. They are thus supposed to know more than an average person about medical care and treatment. When a medical mistake is made it can cause serious injury or even death. In this case the man was harmed because of the negligent actions of the medical staff. They allegedly allowed something to harm the man’s eyes while the surgery was being performed. The surgery itself did not hurt the patient but the mistake made by the surgical team did.

Resolving Medical Malpractice Claims

When we enter a hospital or seek medical assistance we expect that we will receive the best care possible. The doctor and the medical staff are required to provide high quality care. When negligence happens it is most likely a situation that requires legal justice. Those who were hurt may be entitled to collect money for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages that are a result of the injury. The law typically requires that you file a lawsuit within a specific period of time after the incident, which is often two years. If you or a family member were hurt because of medical negligence call the compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti to request a consultation.

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