The Watertown Daily Times reported this weekend on the firing of a surgeon after serious accusations of medical malpractice and the filing of a lawsuit. According to reports the surgeon had worked for the area hospital for the last nine years before receiving a termination letter earlier this month. The letter stated that the doctor was dismissed retroactive to July12th of this year-a date which corresponds to the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The suit was filed against the surgeon as well as four other doctors in the area on behalf of an local man and his wife. The complaint filed in the suit claims that the doctor involved failed to properly assess, treat, and provide appropriate care for cellulitis and an abscess on the man’s toe. Cellulitis in a skin infection caused by bacteria. It is usually caused by a break in the skin that is not treated and then becomes infected; without further treatment it can spread to other parts of the body and cause various complications. The other doctors in the complaint were further alleged to have failed to inform the man of surgical risks associated with the issue, follow appropriate protocols for working with a diabetic patient, or obtain timely consultations with another physician.
It is unclear what specific complications the victim faced as a result of this alleged medical malpractice. However, the latest legal filing seeks damages and reimbursement of legal expenses for pain, suffering, loss of income, enjoyment of life, and future pain for the victim. In addition, his wife filed a claim for lost “care, compassion, and consortium” that she suffered a result of her husband’s complications.
The doctor who was fired after this suit had a history of problems. Five years earlier the general surgeon was named in another lawsuit. That earlier case charged the doctor with leaving a piece of gauze and attached string inside the abdominal cavity of a patient after performing an appendectomy. That suit was settled out of court and the details of that settlement were sealed as a term of the agreement.
The doctor explained that the hospital will hold a board of managers meeting at the hospital this week to explain the situation. He noted that all those interested in learning about the details of his termination and the circumstances of the proposed malpractice could attend to learn more.
The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti are available to work with victims similar to those in this case who have suffered complications from substandard medical care. Many of the clients we help similarly suffered complications caused by their doctors’ failure to take adequate steps which may have healed the individual without the need for more complex care. All area patients should be aware of their rights when it comes to receiving appropriate medical services. If you suspect that those charged with making you well did not provide the level of care to which you were entitled, please get in touch with our office to learn how we might be able to hold the negligent professionals accountable for the losses they caused.
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