Is My Doctor a Repeat Offender?
Dr. Andrew Hearn, a former doctor at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Georgia, found himself in hot water once again after recently being found negligent for a botched appendectomy that led to a premature birth. New allegations suggest that the doctor is responsible for a 2011 stent that damaged the heart of a patient.
In this new medical malpractice case, the victim had been a patient of Hearn’s since 2004 and started dialysis treatment in 2010. In 2011, the patient underwent a procedure to introduce a stent into a vein connecting her heart and her arm. During a dialysis treatment a few days later, the stent in her arm broke and entered her heart, causing an irregular heartbeat and increased heart rate, prompting an emergency surgery to remove it. The stent could only be partially removed, meaning a loss of life expectancy and an increased risk of arrhythmias.
The victim is suing for damages for permanent injuries, physical pain and mental suffering, permanent disfigurement, significant expenses and other injuries. Additionally, her attorneys are hoping for the courts to overturn a 2011 decision to cap noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $500,000, due to the law’s unconstitutionality.
Improper Surgery Left My Body Permanently Damaged. How Can I Fight This Injustice?
The pain of a botched surgery and the anxiety about future complications are something no person should have to suffer. If you have been victimized by a doctor’s improperly conducted operation, you should pursue legal action against the doctor. Give the Tampa Bay medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro Law Group a call for a free case review.
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Did You Know?: The first medical malpractice lawsuit in the United States, Cross v. Guthery, occurred in 1794. The plaintiff sued a doctor on behalf of his deceased wife and won, receiving 40 English Pounds in compensation.