Medical Malpractice cases are often scary and disheartening. Patients trust the doctors and assume that their lives are safe in the hands of the doctors. They expect them to cure the ailments of the patients. Though most of the doctors work their way responsibly and take due care of the patients, there have been cases of malpractices that led to permanent organ damage or death of the patient.
It is vital to make all patients aware of the previous malpractice cases to ensure that patients take due care during the treatments and verify all the diagnosis and medications suggested by the doctor. Here, are a few examples of medical malpractice cases to help you know how things go wrong during treatments.
A famous singer underwent a throat surgery in 1997. The surgery was meant to remove non- cancerous nodules from her throat. However, once the surgery was over, the singer found out that she could not sing anymore. She developed a hoarse voice as a result of permanent vocal cord damage. The singer filed a case against the doctor under ‘informed consent’ and alleged that she was not told about the possible negative effects of the surgery. Also, she accused the doctor of performing surgery on the both sides of the vocal cord when the right side did not need any surgery. The case finally reached a settlement in 2000.
A pregnant lady got herself admitted in a maternity hospital with the hope of walking away happily with her child. She went into labor early morning. During the delivery, child faced insufficient oxygen supply. The entire medical staff ignored this fact till next 5 hours. Only when the second shift of doctors arrived, a cesarean surgery was performed quickly following an emergency. However, the child suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen. Finally, the case reached a conclusion with a verdict of 2.75 million in favor of the sufferer.
A man suffered from chest pain and hence underwent a check-up at a hospital. Post medical tests, he was diagnosed with lung cancer that would require removal of the infected lung. The man had a surgery and had his so-called infected lung removed. However, this diagnosis was a mistake. He never had lung cancer and his lung was healthy enough to get cured with medications and surgery instead of complete removal. The man had become frail and used to get exhausted after little exertion. He filed a lawsuit against the doctor who made the misdiagnosis. The case is yet to reach a conclusion.
A baby girl was born prematurely at 30 weeks only. After 4 days since her birth she had resumed normal breathing. The girl was otherwise healthy except for the fact that she was small and a preterm. The girl was susceptible to suffer from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a condition that occurs due to immature bowels that are unable to cope up with the stress of feeding and get infected. This condition is fatal. She was being given a treatment that included Indocin that made her even more vulnerable to NEC. Plus, she was being fed from enteral tubing, a tube that went via her nose directly into her stomach. Considering that the baby girl had a high risk of contracting the infection, the doctors were negligent towards the symptoms. The doctors were not convinced that the symptoms were related to NEC but concluded them as non-specific. Although the defendants claimed that the death was unpreventable as NEC was detected in last stage, the parents charged the doctors of being negligent in making diagnosis, leading to wrongful death. Parents won the case and received compensation of 7 million dollars.
A man underwent a surgery for liver transplantation. But when he woke up he had a big bandage on his shoulder. What had happened was that during the surgery the man’s heart had stopped. The doctors tried to rush him into the surgery room. However, in the rush to give the treatment promptly, the disinfectant alcohol spread over his arm and shoulder and it caught fire. He suffered burns in addition to the trauma of undergoing a surgery. The nature of this case is quite complicated and verdict on this case is still pending.
A patient was asked to undergo a surgery to remove the tumor from his spinal cord. However, the neurosurgery went wrong and resulted in paralysis. The patient lodged a complaint of medical malpractice. For investigation, specimens of the removed part were sent for pathological evaluation. The tests results revealed that the surgeon had removed part from the spinal cord instead of the tumor. This negligence by the doctor was heavily penalized by the court and resulted in $2.7 million verdict in favor of the sufferer.
A patient was admitted to the hospital following a shoulder injury that caused severe infections. Unfortunately, during the surgery, she was given a heavy dose of blood thinning drug. When she began bleeding internally, there was no way to make the blood clot. The patient suffered a hemorrhage for 12 hours and later died in the hospital. The patient’s family filed a case of drug overdose against the hospital and demanded compensation.
We have jotted down 7 different medical malpractices cases that will help you understand the manners in which malpractices occur. Keeping caution about the doctor’s suggestions and making sure they meet their responsibilities well is the only way to prevent instances of medical malpractices against your loved ones.