The hope that a particular surgery or other medical procedure will go smoothly is likely on every patient’s mind. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes could occur during any type of procedure, and a patient could be left with additional health issues. Ohio residents may be interested in one such case that took place in another state as the patient involved recently filed a legal claim for medical malpractice.
It was reported that the 75-year-old man had been diagnosed with diverticulitis, which is a condition that affects the colon. After the diagnosis, the doctor attempted to go through with a colonoscopy but was unable to do so successfully. Details were not given regarding why the procedure was not successful, but it was noted that the patient was sent home afterward.
That same day, the man went to another hospital, and it was discovered that his colon had been ruptured during the colonoscopy attempts. As a result of the rupture, air had gathered in the man’s abdomen. Doctors were able to repair the abdomen but the rupture had caused other complications. As a result of the situation, the man filed a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who performed the unsuccessful colonoscopy.
Cases in which surgical mistakes are made can cause considerable hardships on those patients who are negatively affected. As this situation indicates, individuals can require additional medical procedures and face serious health issues. If Ohio residents believe that they have been the victims of such errors, they may wish to discuss their legal options for seeking compensation with an experienced lawyer.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Elderly patient accuses Midwest Center for Digestive Health of malpractice“, Robert Hadley, Jan. 12, 2016