When an unexpected and devastatingly painful injury arises from negligent provider care during or after a surgery, New Jersey patients are typically able to achieve related compensation through the successful navigation of a medical malpractice claim. Alleging hospital negligence and an overall failure to adhere to the accepted standard of care, an out-of-state woman is suing the doctor that operated on her jaw. The hospital where the procedure took place has also been named as a defendant.
According to her claim, after troubling symptoms arising from her chronic issues with sleep apnea, the woman visited a surgical specialist in Sept. 2011. After an evaluation, the doctor recommended a surgical process intended to treat the chronic apnea episodes. She underwent this surgery several months later in March 2012, but the results were not promising. A CT-scan revealed that her surgery had not been completed as planned, and she was informed that follow-up surgery was necessary to address the incomplete procedure.
However, her second surgery did not correct the issue, and doctors instead chose to wire the woman's mouth shut before discharging her. Her malpractice suit asserts that the wiring was done improperly and that she was unable to perform certain tasks -- such as chewing food -- that her doctors had said she would be able to do. Unable to actually eat, the victim says she began to drop weight at an astonishing pace.
As part of her medical malpractice claim, the woman asserts that she was never provided with the possible risks that could arise following the surgeries. Aside from this failure to acquire her informed consent, she claims that her post-op complications were never properly treated and that doctors failed to adequately take her mental health into account. This type of alleged hospital negligence is a serious issue for New Jersey patients, possibly resulting in serious and adverse health issues that can have life-long implications. While nothing can ever truly erase the pain of being seriously injured by a health care provider, the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim can provide compensation that is invaluable for recovery.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Woman alleges botched surgery caused her to have mouth wired shut", Andrey Burin, July 20, 2015