Hospitals are seen as places of healing. Doctors take an oath to care for
their patients, and to heal them when they are injured or sick. If and
when surgery is necessary, patients rely on doctors to remedy the situation.
Some people in New York might be wondering if doctors at a local hospital
should retain their licenses. A woman filed a personal injury suit against
the doctors who cared for her after a recent surgery cost her both her
legs below the knees.
The woman had an ectopic pregnancy. During a routine procedure, doctors
punctured her colon. She then developed gangrene and suffered blood poisoning.
This also led to an extended stay in the intensive care unit, hearing
loss, multiple amputations and other injuries.
The woman and her family will feel the effect of this injury for the rest
of their lives. She and her daughter live with her parents, as she is
not capable of caring for her daughter on her own. She is not able to
work full time and she is not fully mobile. Her parents and her lawyer
contend that she may never fully recover.
The lawyers for the defense claim that the doctors did everything within
their power to improve the woman's condition. In fact, they contend
that she would have died if they had not listened to her complaints. They
have gone so far as to call it "lifesaving care."
Unfortunately, the plaintiff's life is now full of pain and codependence.
Thankfully, New York law protects those who feel they have been a victim
of medical malpractice. The amount the woman is seeking in her claim of
personal injury is not immediately clear. However, if she establishes
liability to the satisfaction of the jury, then the damages she is seeking
for pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages will be awarded to her.
Source: New York Daily News, Woman lost legs because of LI hospital's negligence,
lawyer tells Brooklyn jury, John Marzulli, Nov. 4, 2013