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Hospital negligence costs woman both legs

Hospital negligence is not an issue that should be taken lightly. Medical mistakes such as surgical errors or misdiagnosis can result in serious, life altering consequences. While nothing can ever make up for what a patient losses in terms of quality of life, it is possible for the victims of hospital negligence and medical malpractice to hold the responsible parties accountable. Maryland readers may have read about the tragic incident where a woman who lost her legs due to medical malpractice.

A 33-year-old woman is suing a hospital after a botched procedure resulted in her losing both of her legs. The woman had gone to the hospital for the removal of an ectopic pregnancy. During the laparoscopic removal, a surgeon with the hospital punctured her colon. As a result, the woman suffered multiple heart attacks, underwent skin grafts, a colostomy and suffered hearing loss as a result of powerful antibiotics being pumped through her body to contain the infection.

While she is still alive, the 33-year-old endured tremendous pain and suffering as a result of the hospitals negligence and the surgeons error. The woman, who is now confined to a wheel chair, blames the doctors for allegedly failing to detect the hole in her colon despite her complaints of pain as well as a fever and an abnormal heart rate following the surgical procedure. A jury will soon decide if there was negligence in the case and, if so, how much money the victim should receive.

Medical negligence is a complicated issue often requiring expert testimony. To prove medical negligence a plaintiff must be able to demonstrate that a physician failed to provide reasonable care under the circumstances. In medical malpractice cases the "duty of care" that is reasonable under the circumstances is determined by looking at the type of care generally provided by doctors in similar situations. A medical malpractice attorney may be able to guide patients on the steps they need to take to hold the negligent parties accountable for their preventable errors.

Source: NY Daily News, "Woman lost legs because of LI hospital's negligence, lawyer tells Brooklyn jury," John Marzulli, Nov. 4, 2013

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