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Patient sues hospital after doctor's errors induce stroke

There are a lot of commentators who attack medical malpractice litigation as some great evil threatening our nation. Those same commentators like to talk a lot about the economic impact of litigation to hospitals and doctors, yet they never discuss the catastrophic injuries and economic devastation that befall patients every day. As many Maryland residents know, hospital negligence and doctor errors results in thousands of serious injuries every year.

While any medical mistake can be traumatizing, it is especially difficult when the injury occurs during a routine procedure. According to a recent news story, a patient is suing his doctor for injuries he sustained during an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. An UGI is a common medical procedure performed by doctors that allows the physician to observe the interior lining of a patients esophagus, stomach and the first part of their small intestine.

According to the complaint, the patient suffered a serious stroke while undergoing the routine UGI procure back in March 2011. The former patient alleges that the hospital staff and the attending physician gave him an inappropriate amount of medication during the procedure that slowed his heart rate, resulting in the stroke. The man is now seeking $100,000 for medical expenses, lost wages and court fees from the doctor and the hospital.

Medical malpractice and doctor errors can occur in any number of ways. Commonly, doctor errors resulting in serious patient injuries occur when doctors ignore important patient risk factors, fail to order medical tests, misdiagnose common symptoms or prescribe the wrong medication. Due to the severity of the injuries that may result from medical mistakes, it is important that patients injured due to a doctor's negligence consult with a professional.

Madison-St. Clair Record, "Belleville doctor accused of causing stroke in patient," Andrea Dearden, April 2, 2013

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