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Patient may lose leg following surgery gone wrong

The health of any given person in New Jersey can likely be linked to the overall quality of his or her life. When a surgery gone wrong inflicts further damage to a patient, it's often common for other areas of that individual's life to suffer as well, including both at home and professional professionally. When an injured patient seeks compensation through a medical malpractice suit, the goal is often to address the physical, emotional and financial aspect of the suffered injury. 

A woman from another state was recently awarded over $3 million after she successfully litigated her medical malpractice claim. In 2010, she underwent multiple procedures for continual pain that she experienced in her left knee. The attending doctor -- a plastic surgeon who claimed to specialize in relieving nerve compressions in legs -- apparently never discussed any options other than surgery.

Instead of relieving the pain, the surgery caused her leg to worsen. Upon an evaluation by a different doctor, it was determined that her condition was not nerve related and that she was not an appropriate candidate for the surgery that had been performed. She has since lost the ability to remain standing for more than brief periods of time, is no longer able to hold down her teaching position and is facing the possibility of losing her left leg altogether.

Although some medical malpractice claims are settled outside of court, this case proceeded to a jury trial. It took the jury only three hours to determine that the woman had indeed suffered from a surgery gone wrong. As is common in medical malpractice claims in New Jersey, the amount that she was awarded addressed the serious damages that she had suffered as a result of the incident. Included in consideration were the additional medical costs that she had been burdened with, the lost income from her teaching job and the possible catastrophic outcome of losing a leg.

Source:, "Swier Clinic doctor loses malpractice case", James Fisher, Dec. 20, 2014

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