Any time a patient undergoes surgery, it is to be understood that there is a certain amount of risk involved. However, in a recent Florida case, attorneys representing a family who is now in mourning have claimed that their client’s loved one underwent surgery that was not necessary. The court recently ruled that the two surgeons involved in the case will be held liable for medical malpractice.
The recent tragedy involved a 45-year-old mother of two who reportedly suffered from a tumor on her skull. The two surgeons who attempted to perform surgery to remove the tumor are said to have been negligent during the operation, apparently allowing the patient to bleed to death on the operating table. Medical experts who testified in the case stated that surgery was not the preferred way to deal with the woman’s condition, and most professionals would have advised against it, opting, instead, for other forms of treatment.
The attorneys representing the family of the deceased patient claimed that the two surgeons were directly responsible for the woman’s death due to their own negligence. The court has awarded $7.5 million to the patient’s surviving spouse and children. Reports indicate that the two surgeons continue to practice medicine, and neither have returned calls that have been made to their office about the case.
Though all surgeries are known to involve some type of personal risk to the patient, all patients, including those in Florida hospitals, have a right to assume that medical professionals will maintain the highest levels of safety and caution with regard to their medical recommendations and care. Those who become injured or are made ill because of the negligent actions of medical professionals have the right to pursue medical malpractice suits in civil court. Doing so can lead to compensation that might help alleviate financial burdens that are the results of damages suffered in the aftermath of illnesses or injuries.
Source: wsvn.com, “Family awarded millions after malpractice lawsuit against surgeons“, April 30, 2015