Surgery is not something that anyone looks forward to, but is often a necessary part of successful treatment. We expect that our doctors and other members of the medical team will take care to ensure our safety before, during, and after the procedure. Unfortunately, one woman recently suffered a serious infection after undergoing surgery on her ankle. The woman filed a lawsuit against Specialty Physicians of Illinois LLC and a doctor alleging negligence caused her to suffer a serious post-surgical infection. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Mistake Made During Surgery
According to the compliant, the doctor made a mistake during surgery to the woman’s ankle. After the procedure, her ankle became severely infected. It was discovered later that the infection was caused by a staple that was improperly left in the woman’s right ankle after surgery. It should have been removed, but was not. Instead, it remained inside and was the cause of serious pain and infection.
Mistakes made during surgery can be very serious and may cause injury or even death to the patient. Errors may include things that were improperly done or things that failed to be done to prevent further injury. Malpractice may occur when the doctor makes a mistake that he knows could cause harm to the patient. Proper care must be taken to ensure that errors are not made.
Medical Errors are Common
Unfortunately, medical mistakes are a common occurrence. Errors can and should be prevented. An error may happen during surgery when the surgeon is not adequately prepared, when the procedure is rushed, or simply because of an oversight. Regardless of the reason, the result is the same. The patient may be seriously injured and could require further medical treatment and rehabilitation. In this case, the doctor did not remove one of the staples before he applied sterile bandages over the wound. The woman’s ankle could not properly heal and instead harbored an infection.
What to Do After a Medical Mistake
If you were injured by a mistake made by a doctor you may need to take legal action. Keep all information pertaining to the injury and speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Victims generally have about two years to file a claim against a doctor or hospital. Your attorney will review and evaluate your situation to determine how to proceed. In some cases, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover any losses caused by the injury.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When legal action is necessary, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve. You may have expended a great deal of money for medical treatment to resolve the mistake made by the doctor. You may also have lost time from work and may have suffered a great deal of pain. These are items that may be recovered in a lawsuit. In this case, the woman files a lawsuit requesting a jury trial to determine the outcome. If you suffered an injury because of a doctor’s error, call Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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