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Surgeon sued after patient suffers serious infection

When a person undergoes surgery, whether for elective or non-elective purposes, they put a lot of trust in their surgeon. That is why when a preventable surgical error does occur it is so emotionally traumatizing for a patient to deal with. Fortunately, when a patient does suffer personal injury or emotional trauma due to surgical errors, it is possible to recover damages. While it may never make up for all the pain and suffering a patient goes through, it can help ensure financial stability and comfort those injured in these unnecessary tragedies.

Maryland readers may have read about a recent medical malpractice case in Jackson, Michigan involving a woman who suffered serious injury after undergoing an elective abdominal surgery. According to news reports, after the plaintiff underwent an abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck," she began to experience clots and dark colored drainage as well as painful burning. Despite obvious signs of infection, the surgeon never sent the plaintiff to a wound care specialist. Instead, he prescribed ointment and pain medication.

As time passed and the wound worsened, the doctor finally deemed it infected but still failed to act. It was not until the plaintiff went to an emergency room that she began to improve and receive the care that she required. As a result of the surgeon's errors, the patient suffered serious mental and physical pain, including a gaping stomach wound and psychological trauma. As a result of the surgeon's negligence and his failure to provide proper care, a jury awarded the plaintiff a medical malpractice award of $1.3 million.

Surgical errors such as the one described above can have serious consequences. Victims of medical malpractice may face a worsened condition, suffer physical, emotional and financial harm, or, in the worst cases, die. In these instances, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is about more than money, it is also about holding the doctor accountable for his negligence.

Source: MLive, "Jury awards Jackson woman $1.3 million in medical malpractice case," Danielle Salisbury, February 21, 2014

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