Three years is a long time to wait for a doctor or medical facility to take responsibility for a surgical error, but that’s what a Florida couple is up against after the wife suffered excruciating pain after a medical necessary surgery and ultimately had to have a leg amputated.
The woman was suffering major intestinal issues before the surgery. Immense scar tissue left her unable to use the restroom. The condition was life-threatening and immediate surgery was required. After having her colon flushed out several times at Orange Park Medical Center, doctors recommended a permanent procedure.
The doctors informed the woman of a procedure to unblock her colon with the use of a stent. However, the stent was recommended for use in the esophagus, not the colon. This is called an off label procedure, which is legal by doctors who are fully trained. In addition, patients need to be made aware of the risks, which the woman was not. The woman was used as an experiment.
The woman’s colon ruptured on the way home from the hospital after the surgery. She also developed a clot in her leg, and it had to be amputated. She also must wear a colostomy bag for the rest of her life. Although the doctor did settle with the couple, the hospital refuses to take responsibility because the doctor was a contractor. The couple has been through three years of litigation and just wants it to be over.
Some medical malpractice cases can be lengthy. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will work diligently to ensure their clients’ rights are protected and to present the best case possible. Those who have been injured due to medical practice have the right to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Source: First Coast News, “Medical malpractice nightmare” Kaitlyn Ross, Nov. 07, 2013