Undergoing a surgical procedure is a serious endeavor. Because patients put their lives in the hands of another person or group of people, fear of a surgery gone wrong is an understandable apprehension that many individuals face. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes can cause considerable problems and may need further medical attention to treat. Therefore, parties affected by such errors may wish to consider their legal options.
New Jersey residents may be interested in an out-of-state case that recently reached a jury ruling. Reports stated that a woman had undergone a hysterectomy, and during the operation, the surgeon lacerated the woman's bladder. Rather than fixing the mistake immediately, it apparently went unnoticed. As a result, urine leaked from the bladder, which caused additional problems for the patient.
The woman had to undergo additional surgeries in order to have the issues physically repaired. However, she now suffers from incontinence and negative effects impacting her ability to have sexual intercourse. She filed a legal claim against the doctor and the hospital, but the hospital was dropped as a defendant. The jury recently ruled in the woman's favor, and she was awarded $320,000.
As this case shows, a surgery gone wrong can lead to permanent injuries and other issues for the affected patient. Therefore, New Jersey residents who have suffered due to the mistakes or other negligence of hospital staff may wish to consider taking action of their own. Speaking with experienced medical malpractice attorneys could help individuals learn more about their options and what steps may be necessary to effectively address their cases.
Source: macombdaily.com, "Macomb County jury awards $320,000 to woman for botched surgery", Jameson Cook, Feb. 20, 2017