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Medical mistake can end a career

On Behalf of | May 14, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

A professional is typically someone who has undertaken rigorous training and or education to attain a level of expertise in his or her chosen field. Surgeons are among this group and people entrust their lives to them. A surgical error, or medical mistake, can have catastrophic consequences in Ohio.

A man in another state, who happened to be a professional athlete, brought a lawsuit against a surgeon and a hospital for a mistake made in a surgery that the gentleman claimed caused the end of his career. The man had been admitted and was scheduled for surgery to relieve back pain that was hampering his athletic career. Following the surgery, the patient continued to suffer back pain and also had issues involving his spinal fluid.

After being examined by a doctor in his home state, that doctor there stated that the prior surgery had not been completed. An investigation reportedly showed that the original surgeon had been scheduled for two surgeries at almost the same time, a practice known as concurrent surgery. The suit against the hospital and operating surgeon was settled out of court before the civil trial began. The amount of the settlement was $5.1 million.

The practice of concurrent surgery is not an uncommon one and is supposed to allow a surgeon to move quickly from one operation to another. If a person in Ohio believes they or a loved one may have suffered injury or complications due to a possible medical mistake, he or she may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. The lawyer can review the facts of the case and help the client to determine if a civil lawsuit is a viable option.