When a surgeon fails to exercise a reasonable degree of care in West Virginia, the outcome may not be favorable for the patient. One woman in another state recently alleged that she suffered injuries due to surgical errors. A lawsuit has been filed against the hospital network reportedly responsible for her injuries.
According to the woman's complaint, she underwent surgery to have an ovarian cyst removed. However, during the operation, she experienced a bowel perforation. She said the incident caused her to suffer from pain as well as accrue medical expenses.
The woman asserted that the hospital network was responsible for her suffering because her bowel perforation was not properly diagnosed. In addition, the medical provider is accused of not completing a surgical consult quickly enough. The woman is seeking over $50,000 in damages along with court costs as part of her lawsuit.
Surgeons in West Virginia are held to the same standard to which other medical professionals are held. Any surgeons who are found to have deviated from the existing standard of medical care may face medical malpractice claims through the legal system. A victim of surgical errors stemming from negligence may opt to file a civil claim against the alleged perpetrator of the malpractice, pursuing compensatory damages and even punitive damages in cases of egregious fault. A clear understanding of what facts must be proved is necessary to prevail in this type of case. Once financial responsibility is established in a manner that satisfies the civil court hearing the case, claims for monetary damages will be determined.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "Medical malpractice suit filed against Presence Chicago Hospitals Network, others", Louie Torres, June 15, 2016