Individuals impacted by a medical mistake must often deal with tremendous physical pain and discomfort. Additionally, these individuals may experience emotional and mental pain and anguish as they are left to deal with a serious injury or permanent disability. Those dealing with the repercussions of a medical error are also often adversely impacted financially as hospital bills accrue and wages are lost.
When undergoing a surgical or medical procedure, doctors readily use medical equipment or insert medical devices in a patient’s body. The very use of these types of foreign objects presents risks as complications or infections can quickly develop. In some cases, medical equipment or devices may move or shift. When this occurs, prompt medical intervention is key to preventing additional harm or injury to a patient.
A man and his wife recently filed a lawsuit against two doctors and the hospital at which they work related to serious injuries he suffered after undergoing surgery. According to the lawsuit, the man underwent a procedure in which doctors inserted an esophageal stent. The stent, however, became dislodged from its intended position and traveled through the man’s body.
The movement and migration of the stent resulted in the man suffering a perforated bowel. He and his wife recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in which they accuse the defendants of both inserting the offending stent device and then failing to diagnose that the stent had migrated and perforated the man’s bowel.
The couple is seeking to recover damaged in excess of $400,000 related to pain and suffering, medical expenses and an overall loss of enjoyment of life. Additionally, the man’s wife is seeking compensation related to the loss of her husband’s companionship and love.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Med mal suit claims doctors failed to see stent had moved,” Kelly Holleran, Oct. 30, 2013
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