In Florida and all other states, a person who entrusts him or herself to the care of medical professionals for the purpose of undergoing a surgical procedure has the right to expect that the utmost attention will be given to professionalism and adherence to safety standards. There have been incidents, however, in which surgical errors have led to severe injuries or serious illnesses for patients. A jury verdict was recently announced in one such case.
The lawsuit claimed that a woman had undergone colon surgery in June 2010. Afterward, she began to suffer from bouts of serious illness and infection. Acting on her behalf in court, her attorneys explained that the post-surgery complications were caused by a leak in the woman's colon. Apparently, the leak was located at the site where the surgeon had attempted to reconnect the remaining parts of the colon.
Because of the infections and illnesses, the woman had to spend many weeks in the hospital. On a recent Wednesday, a jury reached a verdict in the medical malpractice case, and the woman and her husband were awarded more than $7 million. The woman's compensatory award was given for damages that included loss of wages and personal suffering. Her husband was awarded $300,000 for loss of consortium with his wife.
The couple in the above-mentioned case has recently relocated to Florida. Surgical errors continue to cause injuries and/or illnesses to many patients throughout the nation. It might be of comfort to someone facing such circumstances to know that he or she is protected by law with the right to file a medical malpractice claim in a civil court against any and all parties deemed liable.
Source: fayobserver.com, "Former Cumberland County residents win $7.5 million award in medical malpractice lawsuit", Paul Woolverton, Sept. 30, 2015