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Sleepy Hollow hospital faces lawsuit for surgical error

When a patient undergoes surgery at a New York hospital, or medical facility, it is the responsibility of that staff to monitor the patient for any sudden changes. Failure to monitor the patient in a proper manner can put that patient unnecessarily at risk, leading to permanent injury and death. Staff should be on the lookout for any sign of a worsened condition such as a drop in heart rate, breathing issues and blood pressure changes.

A malpractice lawsuit filed against a hospital in Sleepy Hollow claims that negligent operating room staff made multiple errors during a simple surgical procedure, leaving a 19-year-old girl with severe brain damage. Apparently the girl had been having pain in her stomach and the procedure was being conducted to see what was causing the pain.

However, instead of being able to leave the hospital, the girl is now in a long-term facility, unable to speak to her parents or even walk. With medical costs already over a million dollars, the family will be asking the courts to decide on an appropriate compensation which can be used to pay for her medical care. 

When serious injury in a surgical procedure leaves a patient disabled or unable to care for themselves, often the only option is to hold the surgical staff responsible financially. If the court determines that the hospital staff failed in their responsibility to care for their patient, hopefully it will award the family enough money to care for their daughter through the rest of her life. Anyone who has been injured or has a family member who suffered injury in a surgery may find it beneficial to speak with an attorney.

Source: Source: New York daily news, "Routine endoscopy leads to 19-year-old's 'vegetative state': says suit against Westchester hospital," John Marzulli, May 1, 2013

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