On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Surgical Errors on Monday, August 31, 2015.
Victims of medical malpractice nationwide, including in Texas, have the right to expect negligent medical professionals to be held responsible for their actions. A surgical mistake or another form of medical negligence can result in injuries that may require ongoing medical care. A victim of a surgical error was awarded approximately $2.8 million by a jury in another state to take care of her medical needs and earnings for the remainder of her life.
According to the lawsuit, the 56-year-old plaintiff’s liver was lacerated in a vehicle accident in 2009, and she was admitted to the defendant hospital. Her condition apparently required emergency action to assist with her breathing, and a trauma surgeon performed a tracheostomy, a procedure that involves a surgical opening created through the neck into the windpipe to allow breathing. The plaintiff contended that the doctor failed to position the incision correctly and damaged her trachea and larynx during the procedure.
The damage that was caused was permanent. It left the plaintiff unable to breathe without a fixed tube in her throat. It was reported that the jury spent a week in deliberations before finding the medical facility guilty of substandard medical care that caused permanent injuries to the plaintiff.
The amount awarded by the jury included loss of past and future earnings and non-financial damages along with future medical care that was estimated at $25,000 to $58,000 per year. Any victim of a surgical mistake or another form of medical malpractice may pursue compensation. Texas residents are also entitled to retain the services of legal counsel to protect their rights throughout the legal proceedings and pursue financial relief on behalf of those whose medical conditions may otherwise prevent them from taking action.
Source: delcotimes.com, “Botched surgery at Crozer-Chester leads to $2.8M malpractice award”, Alex Rose, Aug. 27, 2015