At some point in their lives, many New Jersey residents may need to undergo surgery. Some of the procedures may be relatively routine, and others could be complex. No matter what the procedure may entail, going under the knife comes with risks. When a person must deal with a surgery gone wrong, he or she could face considerable impacts.
One woman in another state became the victim of medical negligence after having the wrong portion of her thyroid removed. The woman had been referred to the surgeon after another doctor indicated that the right lobe of her thyroid was potentially cancerous and needed to be removed. When she went to have the procedure, the doctor asked her to confirm her procedure, but when she said the operation was to be performed on her right thyroid lobe, the doctor stated it was to be on her left.
Though the woman did not believe the doctor to be correct, the surgery was completed anyway. As a result, the cancerous side of the woman's thyroid remained. Due to this error, the woman filed a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon, another doctor and the hospital where the surgery took place.
A surgery gone wrong could put patients at risk of needing additional procedures, suffering serious injuries or even dying. If New Jersey residents have been in a predicament in which a surgical error caused them to suffer negative effects, they may wish to consult with a knowledgeable attorney regarding their legal options. Successful claims for medical malpractice could allow them to obtain compensation for damages.
Source: delawareonline.com, "Delaware doctor removed wrong part of thyroid, conspired to conceal error, suit says", Xerxes Wilson, Dec. 3, 2017