When individuals in Texas go to the hospital for surgery, they typically only expect to go to the operating room once. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Recently, a woman from another state has filed a medical malpractice claim against a hospital after a surgeon who was in training botched a surgery by operating on the incorrect body part, requiring a second immediate surgery.
The 60-year-old woman went to the hospital in May 2015 to undergo a surgery that required the removal of a rib. There was a potentially cancerous and painful lesion on the rib that needed to be removed. Before the surgery took place, the site was marked by radiologists with metal markers to designate where the surgeons needed to operate.
A surgeon and his surgical trainee were performing the operation. According to court records, the trainee was not familiar with the patient's case. Unfortunately, the wrong rib was removed. She woke up after the surgery still in an immeasurable amount of pain.
After an X-ray showed that the metal markers were still intact, the patient ended up having to undergo another surgery on the same day. What's even more alarming is that the surgical team did not own up to the mistake following the initial surgery. Instead, they simply told her that they were unable to get an adequate amount of the rib the first time.
When things like this happen, Texas patients have the right to investigate what legal options may be available to them. Not only did the surgical team make a surgical mistake, but it appears that they also lied to the patient. With the help of a medical malpractice attorney, it may be possible to prove the surgical team's negligence and recover full and fair compensation for any financial damages sustained.
Source: fox61.com, "Milford woman files suit against Yale surgeon-in-training after he removed the wrong body part", Katie Harris and Lorenzo Hall, March 17, 2016