Improper Medical Care Caused Shoulder Infection

A cyst removal should be considered a routine procedure, not one that causes more severe injuries. Yet for one woman, this is exactly what happened. The woman underwent a procedure for the removal of a cyst. However, after the procedure the woman suffered from a severe shoulder joint infection. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging the doctor failed to perform the procedure properly and did not provide adequate care. The medical malpractice lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

About Cysts

A cyst is a closed sac-like structure that can be located in almost any part of the body. There are many types of cysts but most of them feel like small bumps that may be painful to the touch. Cysts may be filled with various materials such as liquid, semi-solid, or gaseous substances. Most cysts do not pose any health risks; however, in some cases it is best to remove them. This is particularly important if they are located near an organ or if they are causing pain or discomfort.

Cyst Removal

The procedure necessary to remove a cyst depends on its location in the body. Small cysts that are located just under the skin are often easily removed with a very minor procedure that can be completed at the doctor’s office. Cysts that are well below the skin require surgical removal. This is often done using laparoscopic surgery. This type of surgery uses a small incision and may be aided by the use of a tiny camera. The removal of the cyst must be performed in a way that also removes the contents of the sac to ensure that it causes no further harm to the patient.

Surgical Mistake

Sometimes surgery does not go as it should. The woman in this case states that the doctor failed to adequately evaluate the woman’s condition and did not perform the cyst removal surgery properly. As a result, the woman suffered a serious substantial infection to her shoulder joint. According to the lawsuit, the surgery introduced further medical complications that included the infection. An infection of this type can be very painful and is difficult to treat. It likely required additional surgery and extended medical treatment to resolve.

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor makes a mistake that causes serious injuries to a patient it may be considered medical malpractice. The doctor in this case allegedly failed to evaluate the cyst before performing surgery. Had this been done, a different type of treatment may have been a better option. The surgery caused an infection to develop, which was not present at the time of the initial procedure. This medical mistake was avoidable and therefore the woman filed a lawsuit to collect compensation for damages. Damages may include the costs of medical care required to resolve the infection as well as money for lost wages, and for pain and suffering. If you are the victim of an injury caused by a doctor’s negligence, call Levin & Perconti to talk about your case.

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