New England patients who must undergo even the most minor surgical procedure can reasonably be nervous about doing so. Fears about being put under the effects of anesthesia and the challenges associated with recovery are just some of the issues to face. Sadly, those are not the only issues that patients have to think about. Surgeons and others on surgical teams can make mistakes along the way.
A patient in Connecticut has recently brought forth a lawsuit after a surgical resident lied about an error that forced her to undergo an additional surgery. After a suspicious lesion was noted on a bone in her ribcage, it was decided that the bone should be removed. After the procedure was supposedly done, imaging showed something different. Yes, a rib bone was removed from the woman’s body. However, the bone that was taken out was not the bone that was supposed to have been taken out.
After being lied to about the situation by a resident, the woman indicated that she did not want that provider to be involved in the subsequent operation. Sadly, he was still allowed to participate despite the patient’s request. A minimum of $15,000 in damages is being requested as part of the lawsuit.
People who become the victims of medical errors deserve the ability to seek compensation. When these situations arise, it can be helpful to talk with an attorney to understand the options available to them.
Source: Observer, “Yale Rib Blunder Is Latest High-Profile Medical Error,” John Bonazzo, March 24, 2016