When people undergo surgical procedures, they trust that they will be given the appropriate care and their operations will go as planned. Surgery patients in Washington have faith that doctors and nurses will use their knowledge and expertise to make procedures successful and efficient. Unfortunately, if a medical provider makes a mistake during a surgery, the patient ultimately suffers the consequences. Recently in another state, a college student received a substantial award from a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed after alleged surgical errors changed his life.
Details of medical malpractice claim
Reportedly, the student was hurt while playing a soccer match. According to the lawsuit, he underwent surgery on his leg and was discharged later that night despite suffering severe pain. Reportedly, he went back to the hospital six days later with complaints of extreme leg pain.
Substantial monetary award
Allegedly, the plaintiff underwent a second surgery by a different physician, and it was discovered that the plaintiff had developed a muscle condition called acute compartment syndrome. This condition is essentially a pressure buildup from internal bleeding or swelling of tissues that, according to the claim, was caused by the first surgery. The lawsuit claimed the student has gone through more than 20 surgeries since then. The plaintiff was awarded over $111 million, which was one of his state’s largest ever medical malpractice results.
No surgery is without risk, but there are many ways to suffer harm in the course of receiving medical treatment. Families in Washington who have suffered as a result of medical malpractice could benefit by consulting an experienced litigator. A successful claim could result in much-needed compensation to ease pain and suffering and help with medical expenses and loss of income.