When we go under the knife we trust that our surgeon and medical team will provide the best possible care during the procedures. That wasn’t the case for a Vernon Hills woman. The woman underwent a surgical procedure at Hoffman Estates Surgery Center in 2014. According to the lawsuit, during the surgery a Bovie cautery pad was placed onto the woman’s leg causing a third-degree burn on her thigh. The burn was serious and purportedly left her with a scar and permanent disfigurement. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County court, alleging medical negligence.
Many tools and various types of equipment and implements are utilized during surgery. These must be properly accounted for and taken care of throughout the procedure. Many incidents involving misuse of surgical implements have resulted in injuries or death to patients. Common problems include leaving sponges and other items inside the patient, improper sterilization of implements, and general mistakes made during the procedure. These issues are preventable and are generally considered medical malpractice.
The Use of Cautery Pads
The Bovie cautery pad is an electrical device that is often used during surgery to cauterize surgical wounds. It was first introduced for surgical use in 1928. In recent years, the cautery pad has become more popular for use in many types of surgeries. It is known to make clean, even skin incisions, reduce pain, and minimize scarring. However, there are noted safety concerns regarding the use of these devices. Cautery burns are possible and special care must be taken to avoid the occurrence of injuries. Doctors and surgical teams are expected to take the necessary precautions to keep patients safe while using all types of equipment.
Doctors and other medical professionals are legally required to provide a high level of care to their patients. When they are negligent in their actions it can cause not only pain and discomfort, but also very serious and lifelong injuries to patients. Medical malpractice is a serious concern in the United States. It is estimated that more than 800,000 patients each year are hurt because of medical mistakes. When a medical mistake occurs, the doctor, hospital, or others may be liable for the situation. If both liability and negligence can be established the patient may be able to recover damages through legal action.
In this case, the lawsuit was filed against the doctor and surgical center seeking more than $50,000 in damages and litigation expenses. Damages typically consist of the costs associated with medical treatment and rehabilitation associated with the injury. It also may include money for pain and suffering and for permanent disfigurement, as in this instance. Those injured may also request money for lost wages if they were unable to work for a period of time. Many medical malpractice cases are settled before going to court. However, this lawsuit specifically requests a jury trial. If you or a loved one was seriously harmed due to medical malpractice it is necessary to speak with a qualified attorney to learn your options. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.