Most readers in Houston, Texas, can probably agree that undergoing surgery can be a very stressful and scary event. It requires patients to put all of their trust in just a small group of people, consisting of one or more surgeons, along with their medical staff. Normal concerns consist of surviving the surgery or recovering after it is over. But what happens if the surgeons remove something they were not supposed to? In those cases, a patient may be able to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeons.
This is exactly what happened in January of 2010, when a patient at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital in Texas underwent surgery to remove uterine fibroids. When the patient woke up, she discovered that the surgeon had removed one of her ovaries, without her consent. The woman has since filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon and the hospital for the negligent removal of her ovary. She is seeking damages for her past and future mental anguish, medical expenses and impairment.
Surgeons can be sued for medical malpractice when their negligent acts or omissions result in damage or harm to a patient. If surgeons perform a negligent act, not only can a lawsuit for medical malpractice be brought against the surgeons, but also the hospital and local, state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities as well.
Patients and their families should know that medical malpractice laws are designed to protect their rights to obtain compensation if they receive negligent medical services. In order to obtain the compensation they deserve, patients and their families can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the entities mentioned above.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Med-mal over ovary removal slated for summer trial," David Yates, Feb. 15, 2013