For many people, surgery is necessary as part of their medical treatment. Many types of surgery are routine and should have a good outcome. Sometimes, however, surgery goes wrong and the patient is left with severe medical problems as a result. In this case, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital for medical malpractice. The lawsuit alleges that the woman suffered sepsis after surgical mesh was not removed during surgery. As a result, the woman’s bowel was permanently damaged.
Medical malpractice happens more frequently than you might imagine. Malpractice occurs on a daily basis in the United States and may be the result of misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, prescription problems, or performing procedures in a negligent manner, to name just a few reasons. Malpractice often goes unreported because it can be difficult to prove without the help of a qualified attorney. When you suspect that malpractice may have occurred it is best to take immediate action. It is also important to note that there are legal time limits in place regarding how long you have to file a case.
What Makes a Medical Malpractice Case?
In order for a medical mistake to rise to the level of malpractice it must include negligence and liability. The doctor or medical professional is expected to provide a high level of care. When this is not done and the doctor should have known that the action (or lack of action) could cause harm, the result is negligence.
Many medical malpractice cases are settled before going to court. For this reason it is necessary to have a savvy lawyer handling your negotiation. A case is often settled in a shorter period of time than a case that goes to trial, allowing you to resolve the matter more quickly to receive the money you deserve. In some cases, such as the one noted here, the patient sues several individuals or companies such as the doctors, the medical practice, and the hospital where the surgery took place.
Resolving Medical Malpractice Cases
If you have suffered medical harm due to the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, or hospital, you may be entitled to money for your damages. Damages typically consist of money for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future treatment. Additionally, if you win the case you will likely collect money that was spent on litigation. In this case, the woman suffered long-term injuries as a direct result of medical malpractice. She was also in a great deal of pain and will require long-term care.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a medical error, it is cause for action. Your attorney will work to resolve your case and get you the money you deserve. While you can’t fix the problem, you can and should take legal action to seek the damages that you are entitled to. Contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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