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Man sues doctor for severe infection he receives after surgery

Many Houston residents will undergo surgery at some point in their lives. Most go as planned and help the patient with his or her ailment. Occasionally, however, a medical professional exhibits a failure to follow acceptable standards and there are some serious consequences.

A man is suing his doctor and medical clinic when he developed a severe infection after having his pubic hair shaven in anticipation of surgery. The man was undergoing surgery for a penile implant. In preparation, his pubic hair was shaven. When the man woke up from surgery, he saw what he believed to be ingrown hairs in his pubic region. Within a day, the man noticed the area had become very swollen. He showed the area to his doctor, who said he should put some ice on it. Three weeks later, the man had to undergo surgery to remove tissue in the affected area, which was diagnosed as having gangrene due to a staph infection. After the surgery, the patient had to spend three weeks in a nursing home recovering from the infection. The doctor is accused of not properly cleaning surgical equipment before using it, failing to properly train personnel, failing to provide a sterile environment and other similar allegations.

Houston residents who have suffered from adverse effects following surgery may feel angry. When a negligent physician causes harm to a patient, he or she may suffer from delayed treatment and unexpected medical conditions. A patient who believes that he or she has suffered from a negligent medical provider may want to contact a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can investigate what went wrong with the medical procedure and hold negligent parties responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages and other damages.

Medical providers who fail to follow acceptable standards should be held accountable. Patients who suffer because of medical negligence can face unexpected medical trauma and delayed treatment.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Infection leads to medical malpractice lawsuit", Kyle Barnett, Nov. 21, 2014

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