When it comes to a doctor’s advice, patients generally want to be able to put their full trust behind it. A ballerina from a neighboring state claims that the advice she received from her doctor was not in her best interests and actually went against standards of care. Sadly, patients in New Jersey are also not immune to this sort of failure in health care.
In 2010, the woman claimed that her surgeon had wrongly performed a hysterectomy the year before. Apparently, the original surgery for which she had gone in was to have a fibroid on her uterus removed, and not for a hysterectomy. She further alleges that, while going to the operating room, she was pressured into giving consent to remove her uterus if cancer was discovered.
However, a blood test revealed that she was free from cancer the day before the surgery. That fact apparently surfaced during the trial and, according to the overseeing judge, helped seal the deal on the successful litigation of the former ballerina’s medical malpractice claim. She was awarded $142,000 in damages.
The awarded financial damages are intended to compensate this woman for the long-lasting pain and suffering that she had to shoulder following the surgery. The aftermath of the surgery supposedly caused her to spiral into a substantial depression on top of the physical toll of being thrown into early menopause. New Jersey patients who have suffered similar failings in the standards of care concerning their own medical well-being can also pursue a medical malpractice claim against their healthcare providers. If successful, compensation to deal with pain and suffering or additional medical costs can help an individual move forward from the trauma he or she may have experienced.
Source: New York Daily News, "EXCLUSIVE: Ex-dancer awarded 'shockingly low' $142K after uterus was removed without her knowledge", Barbara Ross and Daniel Beekman, July 10, 2014