Any kind of surgery is associated with a certain amount of risk but it is the responsibility of doctors and surgical room staff to minimize those risks. A careless surgeon or negligent staff can result in complications for the patient that include permanent damage. These surgical mistakes can lead to years of pain and anguish for the patient and their families as well as untold hardships. When this occurs, patients can seek reparation through filing a lawsuit.
A woman has been left unable to care for herself after a surgeon and his staff operated on the wrong side of her brain. The wrong site surgery occurred when the woman went in to have a procedure performed in order to stop the strokes she had been having. However, somehow the surgical team did the procedure on her right side instead of her left.
As a result of the surgical error, the woman must be provided care at all times. The lawsuit, filed on her behalf, is seeking an undisclosed amount to cover the woman’s medical care and future care. It is unknown whether the damage caused by the initial surgery can be undone.
When a routine surgery goes terribly wrong, it is important for those injured by the mistake to hold those responsible financially accountable. An appropriate compensation can help a family survive the financial challenges and provide the injured patient with the care and therapy that they need. If you or a loved one has been harmed through the negligence of a surgeon or surgical staff, you may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney.
Source: Huffington Post, “Regina Turner Brain Surgery: Lawsuit Alleges Missouri Doctor Performed Wrong-Sided Craniotomy,” Hunter Stuart, May 3, 2013