Knee replacement is a very common type of surgery and is typically considered routine. Surgical procedures are supposed to be safe and patients trust that their doctors and other medical staff will provide responsible care. This, unfortunately, was not the case in one recent knee surgery that reportedly went wrong. A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a surgeon, hospital, and medical group alleging negligence and breach of duty caused serious injury and suffering.
Doctors and surgeons are held to a high standard of care. When they breach that duty they are likely negligent. Negligence occurs when a medical professional provides improper care or fails to take the precautions necessary to provide proper treatment. For example, failing to diagnose a patient’s condition may be considered medical negligence, or malpractice, if the patient suffers serious harm as a result. In this instance, the lawsuit states that the woman sustained injuries because of a knee replacement that went wrong, and had to undergo another surgery to correct the problem.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Thousands of people undergo knee replacement surgery every year in the United States. The surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is done to improve mobility and reduce pain and is common among older patients. While every surgery comes with some risks, the problem in this instance was reportedly due to a mistake and negligence. According to court documents, the incorrectly sized knee components were used in the procedure. As a result of the woman sustained further injuries to her knee and had to undergo additional surgery to correct the problem.
Breach of Duty
Doctors have a duty to provide a high level of medical care to patients. They are expected to know more than the average person about medical diagnosis, care, and treatment. This is due to the doctor’s extensive education, training, and experience. When a doctor does not provide the necessary care, he has breached his duty as a medical professional. Doctors, surgeons, dentists, and others who are specifically trained in medicine, are required to provide proper care. This lawsuit names the doctor who performed the surgery as well as his medical practice and the hospital where the procedure was done.
Not all medical problems are caused by negligence on the part of the doctor. However, many times a mistake has occurred. When that happens, the doctor, surgeon, or others of the medical team should be held accountable for their negligence.
A medical malpractice lawsuit may be needed to provide the victim with the compensation he or she deserves. Compensation should include money to pay medical expenses that were incurred because of the neglectful actions. The patient may also be entitled to money for lost wages and for pain and suffering. If the injury is permanent or requires long-term care, the compensation must cover the associated expenses. If you or a family member were hurt because of the negligence of a doctor or surgeon, contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
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