Medical malpractice may cause severe physical and emotional harm. But victims of medical malpractice in Chicago may suffer other long-term consequences that people don’t always think about right away.
For example, an injury from a surgical error could cause permanent damage, meaning that an individual may not be able to work. When the victim is a primary wage-earner, the victim’s family could lose much of their financial support. Money isn’t everything, but losing a significant amount of income each year could turn any family’s life upside down.
Although one’s physical injuries caused by a doctor’s mistake may never be fixed, victims of medical malpractice may at the very least be able to recover the monetary compensation they may need in order to continue supporting their families. According to reports, celebrity Terry G. Bollea, who is also known as Hulk Hogan, is filing a lawsuit against a medical center that performed several back surgeries on him in 2009 that ended up causing damage. As a result, the wrestler’s career was also damaged, causing him to lose income that he could have used to support his family.
Hogan is seeking about $50 million in compensation for the botched surgeries. He claims that he suffered injuries from surgeries that should have never been performed on his back, and as a result, he lost millions in income that he would have earned had he not been injured by the surgeries. Hogan didn’t realize that he was a victim of medical malpractice until he learned that the facility that had performed his surgeries was being sued by others who underwent similar surgeries.
According to Hogan’s medical malpractice lawsuit, the wrestler suffered from back problems and was told by doctors at the Laser Spine Institute, LLC, that he would be a good candidate for endoscopic procedures instead of other types of intrusive back surgeries. Hogan underwent several procedures, but the procedures only provided temporary relief. Now Hogan claims that LSI failed to tell him that the procedures were not permanent solutions to fix his back problems, and as a result he underwent several unnecessary procedures that damaged his back even more. Because of his bad back, he was unable to wrestle.
The lawsuit states that other doctors had recommended an intrusive operation to help Hogan, but professionals at LSI used “scare tactics” to persuade Hogan to choose a less-intrusive procedure for his back injuries.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Hulk Hogan sues Tampa-based spine clinic for $50 million, alleging malpractice,” Jeff Weiner, Jan. 14, 2013
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