One type of surgical procedure that doctors here in Connecticut sometimes perform on patients is a surgery to remove a previously installed medical device. It is incredibly important for doctors to not act negligently during medical device removal surgeries. Negligence during such surgeries can lead to harmful surgical errors, such as the accidental cutting/perforating of an organ or the leaving behind of pieces of a medical device inside of the patient.
A medical malpractice case involving a medical device removal surgery has recently arisen in another state.
The case involves a doctor in Louisiana. A woman says that, on Sept. 29, 2010, her minor child underwent a surgical procedure performed by the doctor. The surgery was a catheter device removal procedure.
The woman alleges that the doctor was negligent during the procedure. According to the woman, during the surgery, the catheter device broke into pieces because the doctor acted improperly in relation to the device’s removal. The woman further claims that the doctor failed to remove pieces of the device from the child and failed to notice that these pieces had been left behind.
According to the woman, the left-behind objects were later detected by an echocardiogram. After this discovery was made, the child underwent a procedure to have the objects taken out of him.
A lawsuit has been brought against the doctor by the woman in connection to the alleged surgical negligence. One wonders what the eventual result of this medical malpractice case will be.
Surgical negligence is something that no patient should ever have to face. A patient can suffer great harm from such negligence. Some examples of things surgical negligence can lead to a patient facing are: serious injuries, great pain, changes in their ability to perform certain everyday tasks and significant care needs.
One of the challenges in medical malpractice cases can be proving that harms that a patient suffered were caused by medical negligence. Showing causation can be a very complicated task. If a person is pursuing a medical malpractice claim on their own behalf or on behalf of a loved one, having a medical malpractice attorney in one’s corner can be of significant importance. A medical malpractice attorney can help a person with all aspects of a medical malpractice case, including the collection and review of evidence aimed at proving causation.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Children’s Hospital doctor sued on medical malpractice claims,” Eliza Walker, Oct. 24, 2013