What Can Happen to Patients Who Survive Medical Malpractice?

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

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Surgical mistakes are a form of medical malpractice that can leave victims with permanent injuries.

Last year, a Navy veteran sustained permanent brain damage after undergoing a colonoscopy at a Jacksonville hospital. The Florida veteran had obstructive sleep apnea, causing his airway to shut during anesthesia and putting him into cardiac arrest. The Navy veteran had such severe brain damage that he is now in a permanent vegetative state and had to be moved to a nursing home.

According to the man’s wife, the hospital had records that her husband had obstructive sleep apnea, and the error was inexcusable. Now fully dedicated to taking care of her husband at the nursing home, she can no longer work and provide an income for herself and her spouse. An investigation revealed that the hospital where the man was treated has had 14 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against it since 2009.

Surgical mistakes happen frequently around the country. According to a study from John Hopkins Medicine, mistakes such as leaving a sponge or towel in a patient during surgery, performing the wrong operation and operating on the wrong side of the body happen dozens of times per week.

What If I’m Injured During Surgery?

Patients who have been injured during surgery should contact an attorney to discover what options they have available. As we have seen from the case mentioned in our post today, surgical mistakes can result in severe and permanent injuries. Depending on circumstances, injured patients might have a case where they can be awarded damages.

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