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Woman left infertile after surgical error

Most people in Rhode Island have heard some stories about others who have experienced serious medical errors. The effects of these experiences can be emotionally traumatizing as well as physically debilitating or even life-threatening. Medical mistakes that involve surgeries can even make patients hesitant about ever undergoing another surgical treatment in the future.

Figuring out how to ever trust a doctor again is just one of the challenges that a Connecticut woman and her husband must face. The couple is left without the ability to naturally have their own biological children without the intervention of medical science due to a serious error made by a new physician. Upon being admitted to the hospital to investigate some pain in her pelvic region, the wife underwent a surgery to have her appendix removed.

Once the appendix was successfully taken out, the physician who performed the surgery exited the operating room and a different physician came in. The second doctor then severed one of the patient’s fallopian tubes. This action could not be reversed. The woman was recently awarded $1.3 million in non-economic damages after a two-week trial in the case. She also received an award for medical expenses and her husband was given an award for loss of consortium.

When a situation arises in which patients suffer at the hands of medical professionals, talking to an experienced lawyer may be helpful. It can be a way of getting details about how best to proceed.


Source: The Day, “Jury awards $1.8 million in medical malpractice case,” Karen Florin, April 20, 2016


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