These days, patient safety is a top priority at medical facilities across the country. Doctors in Rhode Island are highly trained, skilled professionals that have access to state of the art equipment to make surgeries and other medical procedures safer than ever before. However, surgeons and doctors are also human and humans will make mistakes. Unfortunately, when mistakes happen during surgery, the patient suffers the consequences. Recently, a woman in another state was awarded over $1 million from a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed after an alleged surgical mistake.
According to the lawsuit, the surgical error occurred while the woman was in high school. She visited an orthopedic surgeon to investigate a benign growth on a bone in her left leg, the lawsuit said. The woman said the surgeon ordered a biopsy, and during the surgical biopsy, the surgeon mistakenly cut a nerve in her left leg.
The woman claimed that, due to the nerve damage, she lost the ability to walk and was forced to use a wheelchair. The lawsuit said that the plaintiff had to attend both her junior and senior proms in a wheelchair and was forced to undergo several months of physical therapy just to be able to walk again. The woman now suffers from permanent numbness and pain in her leg, the lawsuit says. A jury awarded her $1.2 million for her pain and suffering.
Despite significant advancements in patient safety and care, mistakes still occur far too often in the medical field. Rhode Island residents who believe they or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice may benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successful lawsuit could provide much-needed compensation to injured victims facing mounting medical expenses.
Source: nj.com, "Student forced to attend prom in wheelchair awarded $1.2M in malpractice case", Jessica Mazzola, Oct. 30, 2017