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Connecticut Woman Files Malpractice Lawsuit After Wrong Rib is Removed

Going to the doctor is something that we all do without hesitation: whether we are just in for an annual checkup or are seeking help for an acute situation, we’ve been raised to believe that doctors are universally intelligent, well trained, expert in their chosen field, and completely trustworthy. Unfortunately, the reality of the care that some physicians provide is a far cry from the image that we’ve all come to believe, and when that is the case and a patient suffers an injury as a result, the patient or his family may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice is not simply a physician making a mistake. It is when a physician or other medical professional does something — or doesn’t do something — that represents a departure from standard treatment and results in an injury or some other harm. The lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law are knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys with extensive experience in representing victims in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Medical malpractice can happen in any specialty area, and can include misdiagnosing a patient’s condition, failure to make a diagnosis, or bigger, more shocking errors. A recent example of the latter took place last May, when surgeons at Yale New Haven Hospital were to remove a patient’s rib following discovery of a mass. Despite the fact that measures had been taken prior to the surgery to clearly mark the afflicted rib that was to be removed, when the patient awoke she was informed that the pain that she was experiencing after the surgery was a result of the wrong rib having been removed – and the markers that had been placed being left behind as well. The patient had to undergo a second surgery to retrieve the surgical markers and to remove the correct rib.

What made this case particularly noteworthy was that – as is often the case – the patient who was impacted never received an apology for the mistake. In fact, not only did she not receive an apology, but she also experienced having one of the surgeons involved lie to her about the reason why she needed a second surgery. The surgeon was unaware that the patient had already been advised of the mistake, and instead of being truthful created a fiction to cover the mistake. For the patient, the fact that she was lied to and made to doubt the integrity of the physicians responsible for her wellbeing was even more damaging then the need to undergo a second major surgery.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is a decision that is not made easily. Patients want to believe in the basic goodness, integrity, and skill of their physicians, even when they’ve suffered an injury. For many, something as simple as an apology is enough to prevent them from taking legal action. But in some cases, the injuries suffered as a result of medical malpractice are life-altering, or even result in death of the patient. If you have suffered harm as a result of a healthcare professional or facility’s negligence, then it is important that you understand your rights. The lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law will meet with you at no charge, discuss your situation and tell you whether you are eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Call us today to set up an appointment.