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Man suffers heart attack during oral surgery at V.A.

Surgery can be scary, no matter how routine the procedure may be. One reason surgery is so scary is the feeling of vulnerability that accompanies anesthesia. While this may seem like more of a phobia than a real concern, surgery can actually be quite dangerous. In fact, every year in the United States patients are injured, or worse, due to a variety of common surgical errors. From retained foreign objects and infections to wrong-site surgery and medication errors, surgery should never be taken lightly.

It was recently reported a Chicago-area Vietnam veteran settled a medical malpractice dispute with a V.A. hospital in Illinois for approximately $12 million. The settlement stems from an incident that occurred at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital. The man reportedly had gone to the Hines V.A. for oral surgery back in 2007, but while under anesthesia, the former military man went into cardiac arrest and, as a result, suffered brain damage.

According to the victim's attorney, the man suffered from a heart condition doctors were aware of at the time of the surgery. His attorney further contends the man's injuries were the direct result of a failure on the part of the doctors to properly prepare for and monitor the heart condition when he was put under anesthesia. As a direct result of the cardiac arrest, the man suffered brain damage. He will now use the money recovered from his lawsuit to pay for on-going medical care he needs to live his difficult life.

Medical mistakes can have profound consequences. Whether a victim suffers disability or death, a person injured by a surgical error or medical mistake caused by hospital negligence or a negligent physician may be entitled to compensation. Because medical malpractice cases are so complex it is vital anyone who believes he or she was harmed by medical negligence discuss their case with an attorney right away.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital," December 3, 2013

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