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Hysterectomy-caused infection leads to medical malpractice suit

When a surgery that is supposed to help improve a patient's overall health leaves him or her in a worse condition, the victim can feel confused and uncertain about the future. One woman who underwent surgery at an out-of-state hospital claims that her hysterectomy caused an infection that left her in such severe pain that it impacted her ability to walk. She subsequently filed a medical malpractice suit against the surgeon who performed the operation, a course of action that victims in New Jersey also have the right to take.

In 2012, the woman underwent a hysterectomy. However, upon waking from the surgery, she immediately began to suffer from a significant amount of pain. She informed the nurses of how much she was suffering, and the nurses agreed that this was an uncommon reaction.

The pain persisted for the next several months without any relief. Finally, the surgeon who initially operated on her ordered a CT scan and came to a troubling conclusion. One of the surgical tools used during her operation had damaged her pubic bone. She was informed that this damage had resulted in osteititis and had also likely caused an infection. 

As part of her medical malpractice suit, she seeks damages for mental anguish and costly medical bills, in addition to ongoing pain and suffering from the infection. Although she is currently seeking $50,000 in compensation, it is possible that a settlement or jury award might result in a larger amount. While many medical malpractice claims in New Jersey are settled out of court, some circumstances can necessitate proceeding into the courtroom in search of justice for a doctor's negligent act.

Source:, "Woman alleges malpractice over hysterectomy", Carol Ostrow, April 20, 2015

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