A husband and wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hospital and doctors. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the man was significantly injured during surgery while at Rush University Medical Center. The man underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy at the hospital. The suit states that the surgeon removed too much of the small intestine during the procedure, which was done in 2013. As a result, the man suffered both physically and mentally and is unable to work.
When Medical Procedures Go Wrong
We count on our doctors and surgeons to provide the best possible care and to help us resolve our medical issues. Sometimes, however, a surgery does not go as expected and the result can be devastating. Medical malpractice is more common than many people think. In fact, as many as 400,000 deaths occur every year in the United States as the result of a medical mistake.
In this case, the surgeon was to complete a procedure that is commonly called “The Whipple Procedure” which is typically done to remove a tumor in the pancreas. When properly performed, the surgery removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, a small part of the stomach, and a portion of the duodenum, the top portion of the small intestine. In this case, the couple alleges that the surgeon took out too much of the duodenum, which caused the patient the inability to properly heal after surgery.
Medical and Surgical Malpractice
Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are required to use special care when treating patients. When they fail to provide proper care they may be negligent. Negligence occurs when the doctor knew, or should have known, that his actions or lack of actions, could cause harm to a patient. In the lawsuit recently filed, the couple alleges malpractice by the doctors and hospital. The suit states that the man suffered greatly because of the mistake and that there are large medical bills caused directly by the error. Additionally, the wife will suffer the loss of service of her husband.
Compensation for Medical Mistakes
When medical mistakes occur they often cause quite a bit of damage. Those who were harmed due to a medical error may be entitled to compensation for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:
· Medical Bills · Lost Wages · Pain and Suffering · Future Medical Treatments · Loss of Enjoyment · Loss of Service · Rehabilitation Costs · Legal Fees
There are many factors to review when thinking about potential compensation. For example, the severity of the injury and the long-term impact are both important considerations. You should be compensated for your actual monetary loss, which includes actual expenses as well as anticipated costs as a result of the problem. You will also likely be entitled to some money for pain and suffering.
Seek Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one is the victims of medical malpractice, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will take care of the details of investigating the situation and determining whether a medical mistake was a negligent act. You need a skilled litigator on your side to resolve your case and get you the money you deserve. Contact the reputable attorneys as Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.