Medical care consists of many parts. The doctor and medical team need to properly diagnose the patient’s condition, determine proper treatment, and provide the necessary care. As patients, we expect our doctor to be thorough. Doctors are required to give their patients a high standard of care. Sometimes, however, that does not happen. In some cases, the doctor makes a mistake, and the patient is injured. In one recent case, a patient filed a lawsuit alleging medical negligence caused permanent damage to his eyes.
Improper Medical Care Rendered
The lawsuit was filed against Chicago Eye Consultants, MacNeal Hospital, and two doctors, stating that they provided improper medical care that caused injuries. As part of the complaint, the victims claims that the defendants did not properly perform or interpret examinations before performing eye surgery. The man was allegedly not an appropriate candidate for the type of surgery that was performed. Had the doctors properly examined and reviewed information, they would not have performed the operation.
Mistakes Were Made During Surgery
In addition to the errors made during diagnosis, the man in this case also indicates that mistakes also occurred during surgery. The lawsuit states that doctors placed sutures improperly. The incorrect placement of these sutures caused further injuries to his eye. When a mistake is made during a medical procedure it is also known as medical malpractice.
Doctors are held to a high standard of medical care to their patients. If they fail to do so, they could be negligent. Negligence in care means that the physician knew, or should have known, that the mistake or negligent act could lead to a serious injury or death to a patient. If a patient is seriously hurt, as in this case, the doctors could be held responsible.
Eye Surgery Caused Permanent Damage
Many types of eye surgeries are considered routine, however, if mistakes are made, they can be serious. If the eye is permanently injured during a surgical procedure, it may not be able to be repaired. Many times, eye damage cannot be corrected with lenses or glasses, so it could cause the victim to suffer a lifelong disability. Eye surgery, as with all types of procedures, should only be performed after making the correct diagnosis. Then, the doctors and patient should discuss the various treatment options, along with any potential areas of concern, or risks.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Like the man injured in this instance, a victim of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation. Those seriously injured have damages that may include medical costs, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The responsible party should be held accountable. Negligent care is not acceptable, especially when it results in serious and permanent harm. In this case, the doctors and medical facilities are named in the suit, which requests a judgment of more than $50,000. If you or a family member were hurt because of a doctor’s mistake, contact the lawyers at Levin & Perconti to set up a consultation today.
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