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Surgeon's mistake results in permanent nerve damage to patient

Patients in Providence want to be able to trust that the care that they receive from their doctors and surgeons is the absolute best. They also most likely hope that should complications arise, not only will their providers be able to deal with them, but also that they will be forthcoming about the work done during their procedures. If one continues to have pain following a procedures, or worse yet, end up in a worsened condition, he or she may be well served to seek a second opinion from another doctor who can provide an objective analysis of the other's work.

An Alaska man decided to take such action after his pain worsened following a spinal surgery done to relieve his lower back and leg pain. The first surgeon who treated him had said that he had encountered a cyst that has caused complications during the procedure. The second surgeon found that no cyst was present, and also that large amount of surgical material used to stop bleeding had been stuffed into the man's spine. The opinion of the second surgeon was that the errors of the first doctor resulted in the post-operative complications, which ultimately left the man with incurable nerve damage.

A jury agreed with the second surgeon's assessment, and awarded the man a $1.7 million judgment. Without his intervention, it's unlikely the man would have ever known of the first's negligence. Those suffering from similar post-operative complications are often encouraged to take a similar course of action. If surgical mistakes from their original procedures are discovered, they may also wish to work with an attorney to bring a lawsuit against the providers responsible for their suffering. 

Source: Anchorage Daily News "Judgment against Anchorage surgeon nets $1.7 million in damages for botched care" Laurel Andrews, May 06, 2014

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