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Surgical errors allegedly lead to worsened health condition

Sometimes a doctor who is expected to help to improve a patient's health condition in West Virginia ends up making matters worse. This is what reportedly happened in a recent out-of-state case. In this case, a veteran has filed a medical malpractice claim against a medical center and others, alleging that surgical errors exacerbated his health condition.

According to the man's lawsuit, he suffered major injuries following a cervical disk surgery. Specifically, the surgery allegedly left him paralyzed and with the loss of sensation. The man claimed that the hospital used allograft materials that were defective during his surgery and claimed other negligent acts were also completed during his medical procedure.

As part of the man's lawsuit, he is seeking a jury trial. He is additionally seeking general damages and medical expenses. Other damages being sought in this case are the loss of benefits and earnings, interest, legal fees and other relief deemed just by the court.

If a medical center in West Virginia fails to uphold its duty to provide reasonable care to its patients, it may be held financially responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result. A patient who suffers harm due to surgical errors has the right to file a medical malpractice claim, pursuing damages. Meanwhile, the family of a patient who dies due to poor medical care may opt to file a wrongful death claim. A damage award may help to cover hospital costs, burial expenses and other related damages, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source:, "Veteran files medical malpractice suit, alleges surgery caused paralysis", Wadi Reformado, June 1, 2016

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