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Because many individuals often do not have the medical knowledge necessary to diagnose or treat their own ailments, they utilize medical professionals. When Ohio residents are being treated by those medical professionals, they typically put a lot of trust in their doctors. Therefore, patients may not expect or be aware that surgical mistakes may happen until serious damage has already been done.

It was recently reported that a man in another state suffered permanent effects after a medical mistake. Reports indicated that the man had gone to see a doctor after thinking he had a swollen lymph node. The doctor then scheduled and performed surgery to remove the lymph node. However, the surgery was unnecessary as the situation was actually a bacterial infection due to being scratched by a cat. 

During the unnecessary procedure, the surgeon damaged a nerve. The situation led to the patient suffering nerve palsy, disfigurement and a permanent limited range of motion in his left arm. The man filed a medical malpractice claim due to the result of the situation, and he was recently awarded $4.2 million dollars as an outcome of the case.

This situation is a prime example of incorrect diagnosis as well as surgical mistakes. Additionally, it shows that these mistakes can cause patients to suffer serious effects that may affect them for the rest of their lives. If Ohio residents have suffered serious damages due to medical errors, they may wish to file their own medical malpractice claims in order to seek compensation for those damages.

Source: nhregister.com, “Wallingford man gets $4.2 million in medical malpractice case“, Luther Turmelle, July 1, 2015