Going into the hospital for a minor surgical procedure should not be anything to worry about. New York doctors are supposed to be well-trained and experienced enough not to cause any kind of surgical injury or condition. Sadly, however, some surgeons make mistakes that leave patients with horrible injuries, exposing the surgeon and hospital to medical malpractice lawsuits.
One Brooklyn woman was finally told that she could file her medical malpractice claim against seven physicians and a Mineola hospital in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The woman had undergone a minor gynecological operation in 2009 when she says one of her surgeons punctured her intestine. The small hole was enough to give her blood poisoning, an infection and, eventually, gangrene in her legs. In the end, doctors were forced to amputate both of her feet.
Since the woman first tried to file her medical malpractice case in 2010, the hospital has been adamant that Brooklyn was not the proper forum for the case. Instead, the hospital argued that the woman was not a Brooklyn resident when she filed her case and, thus, the lawsuit should have been filed in Nassau County, which is where the hospital is located. The hospital also pointed out that all of the potential witnesses work in Nassau County. The court, however, has given the woman permission to file her case in Brooklyn.
This kind of accident should never have happened. The woman's surgeon should never have punctured her intestine and, even if he or she had, medical personnel should have immediately started treating her for an infection and blood poisoning. Instead, she was allowed to develop gangrene and lost both her feet to medical negligence.
Source: New York Daily News, "Brooklyn woman whose feet were amputated in alleged medical malpractice gets her day in Kings County court," John Marzulli, Dec. 13, 2012
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