In April, a case was filed in a Court outside Florida, claiming that a doctor's error caused permanent damage to a woman's arm. Surgical errors are sometimes alleged in medical malpractice cases. The woman in this particular case says that her arm has been permanently damaged and that she believes the doctor is liable for those injuries.
The woman is reportedly diabetic and also suffers from high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Reports indicate that these health conditions rendered the patient unable to receive anesthesia before undergoing surgery. Instead, shots were administered to her arm to deaden the nerves so that she would not feel pain during the operation.
Shortly after the surgery, the woman is said to have contacted the doctor to tell him that her arm was immobile and felt cold to the touch. She claims that he instructed her to come to the hospital for an ultrasound. The doctor stated that there was nerve damage in the woman's arm. He then performed another surgery on the woman's arm, whereby he extracted a vein from her thigh and inserted it into her arm.
Following the second surgery, the woman was told by a rehabilitation physical therapist that her arm was permanently damaged. Florida medical patients who suffer from similar incidents where they believe an injury to be caused by surgical errors are able to file a legal claim in a civil court against those deemed liable for the injury. A successfully litigated case could lead to court-awarded compensation that could be used to pay for medical bills, physical therapy or other costs associated to the incident.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Medical malpractice lawsuit filed over alleged nerve damage from injection", Brandon Caples, July 8, 2015