When somebody seeks medical attention, they expect to get the best of the best in terms of treatment. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and as a result, the patient ends up in a worse position. Our California readers can learn a lot from this medical malpractice lawsuit, despite the fact that it unfolded in the state of Michigan.
A jury has ordered Hurley Medical Center to pay almost$60,000 to a woman who claimed that a surgeon botched her gallbladder operation. The verdict was reached on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, after a four-day trial and a half-day of deliberation.
The woman first filed the lawsuit against the surgeon, as well as the hospital, in June 2011. She claimed that the doctor made surgical errors during a 2009 operation. According to the lawsuit, the surgeon failed to take the necessary precautions in identifying what needed to be cut during the procedure. As a result, the surgeon cut the wrong artery, which led to the woman being rushed to Henry Ford Medical Center for another procedure to fix the mistake. This second surgery, which would not have been required, left the patient with a large scar, as well as persistent pain.
Although the woman initially sought a payout of more than $400,000, she only received $60,000. This may indicate that the jury did not necessarily believe all of the claims the plaintiff made in the case.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be challenging on many fronts. It's important to know the legal options that are available to those who have been injured due to the negligence of a medial professional. Experienced personal injury attorneys can help those injured parties seek compensation for a variety of economic and non-economic claims.
Source: Mlive.com, "Jury orders Hurley Medical Center to pay nearly $60,000 in malpractice case" Gary Ridley, Dec. 17, 2013