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Surgical errors, infections grounds for malpractice claim

A jury recently awarded damages totaling almost $9 million to a man in another state regarding his medical malpractice lawsuit. The claim was filed against a surgeon and the parent company of a hospital. When a patient suffers harm in West Virginia due to surgical errors or infections, for example, it is within the patient's rights to seek full accountability from the party considered responsible in civil court.

The man and his wife filed the suit in 2013. According to the suit, the man ended up losing his lower legs after allegedly poor decisions were made that resulted in prolonged septic shock. The surgeon's negligence reportedly caused the flow of blood to be cut off to the man's legs.

Because blood could not get to the man's legs, he developed gangrene in both of his feet. His feet had to be amputated at the mid-calf area at a different hospital. Parts of his fingers on one hand also had to be amputated.

Problems such as surgical errors or infections can occur in West Virginia if medical staff fail to exercise a reasonable degree of care. Unfortunately, such negligence can significantly impact a person's quality of life for years to come. A person who has suffered injury due to medical malpractice has the right to seek compensatory damages. Punitive damages may also be awarded in cases of egregious fault. Monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to the injury suffered by a patient, but it may help to address pain and suffering as well as specified financial losses caused by a documented incident of malpractice.

Source: mcall.com, "Pa. man awarded nearly $9M in medical malpractice suit", Oct. 11, 2016

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