As most Miami residents know, surgery can be a risky procedure. Although most people suffer no ill effects, sometimes medical issues can happen afterward. Many times, these are caused by negligence and could have been prevented. One New Jersey woman is suing four doctors who were allegedly liable for her mother’s death following a knee replacement.
The woman’s mother underwent the procedure in May 2006. After the surgery, the woman’s mother suffered from a fever. Her temperature quickly rose from 99 to 106 degrees in just a matter of hours. The 60-year-old eventually died from a blood clot in her lung, although that is being disputed.
The woman filed a medical malpractice suit, and the case is currently being heard in court. Some expert witnesses believe that the cause of death is deep vein thrombosis. The victim also had a history of severe ulcerative colitis, which led to the surgical removal of her bowel in 2004 and 2006. A lawyer for one of the defendants claims that this condition could have contributed to the death of the plaintiff’s mother.
The doctors allege that inflatable stockings were used during the knee replacement. These devices help improve blood circulation. However, there is no proof that they were used, as there were no notes regarding this in the woman’s medical records.
The medical malpractice claim alleges that four doctors should be held responsible for the patient’s death: a stomach specialist, orthopedic surgeon, allergy and lung specialist, and cardiologist. It is unknown how much in damages the victim’s daughter is seeking.
There are no guarantees when it comes to surgery. Each patient is different, and some have existing conditions that can cause a fairly routine surgery to go awry. However, doctors must always ensure that they treat patients in accordance with accepted medical standards. If they are negligent, then victims and their families may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and emotional damages.
Source: The Trentonian, “Four doctors face malpractice suit in Mercer” Paul Mickle, Oct. 29, 2013