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Alleged surgical errors involving ankle spart lawsuit

Sometimes a medical procedure performed by a doctor in West Virginia causes more harm than good. If a doctor causes injury to a patient due to medical malpractice, he or she may be held financially responsible for the harm caused. In another state, one man reportedly suffered harm due to surgical errors.

In the out-of-state case, a hospital and doctor reportedly botched the man's ankle surgery in 2013. According to his lawsuit, the doctor's failure to perform appropriate surgery on the man's ankle caused him damage. The plaintiff claimed that the damage is permanent.

The man reportedly learned that he would need to undergo fusion ankle surgery in late 2014. As part of the lawsuit, he is seeking judgments against both the doctor and the hospital. Specifically, he is pursuing over $50,000 each.

If a surgeon fails to exercise a reasonable degree of care when treating patients, a patient who ends up getting hurt due to surgical errors may decide to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor, pursing the reimbursement of compensatory damages and possibly even punitive damages in cases of egregious fault. A claim of medical malpractice can be litigated successfully in the state of West Virginia only if liability is established via competent proof accepted by the civil court hearing the case. Financial damages awarded in this type of suit may help to cover expenses tied to the case, such as health care costs and pain and suffering as well as emotional distress resulting from the documented incidence of medical malpractice.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "Patient accuses Chicago physician of medical malpractice", Louie Torres, May 24, 2016

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