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Surgical errors result in $2M in medical malpractice damages

Operations can be lifesaving and Washington, D.C., is full of top-notch surgeons who take their career responsibilities seriously. Unfortunately, not all doctors -- in D.C. or elsewhere in the nation -- are always so careful. When surgical errors do occur, they can be particularly devastating, as the very procedure that was supposed to make the patient better instead leaves him or her worse off than before, sometimes permanently.

For instance, in a Northeastern state, a jury recently found in favor of an injured plaintiff after a botched hand surgery. The man had broken his right wrist when a kayak fell on him in 2013. According to reports, a few months after the accident, a hand surgeon – one of the defendants in the case -- performed an operation on him.

It was during this surgery, the lawsuit alleged, the surgeon failed to properly insert a screw into the patient's hand. As a result of this negligence, three follow-up surgeries were required by a different doctor. The patient subsequently sued both the initial hand surgeon and Eastern Maine Medical Center, seeking damages to help cover his permanent impairment and disfigurement as well as his loss of income.

After deliberation, the jury found the defendants guilty of negligence and awarded the plaintiff the $2 million in damages. While the money cannot restore the man's damaged hand, it can at least help cover his incurred medical expenses and help compensate for his pain and suffering and reduced ability to work. Anyone who has suffered serious or permanent injuries due to a Washington, D.C., doctor's surgical errors is likely facing similar challenges, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages; in such cases, the knowledgeable counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney could prove invaluable.

Source: bangordailynews.com, "Jury awards Maine man $2 million after botched hand surgery", Judy Harrison, Oct. 30, 2017

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