Three years ago, a woman from Brooklyn went to the Winthrop University Medical Center for a relatively minor operation. However, complications during surgery left her a double amputee.
The woman has filed a lawsuit against the hospital. The lawsuit claims that doctors punctured her intestines during surgery, which led to an infection and blood poisoning. She developed gangrene and had to have the lower portion of both legs removed. Seven doctors are named in the lawsuit.
The woman filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court. However, the hospital claimed that the woman did not live in Brooklyn when the lawsuit was filed. The hospital hoped to settle the lawsuit in Nassau County, where the facility is located. Recently, however, it was determined by a judge that the case can move forward in a Brooklyn courtroom.
It is unclear how this specific case will end. However, it shows the kind of damage that can be done to a person when physicians perform their duties negligently. This woman went in for a minor surgery and has never been the same since. Her life is forever changed because of the actions of a small group of physicians.
Doctors in New York City and beyond are expected to do all that they can to prevent patient harm and limit complications. When doctors aren't careful, patients can be left with debilitating injuries.
Fortunately, victims can pursue legal action against negligent medical professionals through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although no amount of money can erase the pain victims have endured, a successful lawsuit may alleviate financial burdens associated with a surgical error.
Source: New York Daily News, "Brooklyn woman whose feet were amputated in alleged medical malpractice gets her day in Kings County court," John Marzulli, Dec. 13, 2012
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