There aren’t many people in Massachusetts who want to undergo surgery. Most people do so at the advice of their doctor with the hope that the procedure will improve their lives or, at the very least, prevent additional harm. However, one man now claims in a medical malpractice suit that a doctor performed an unnecessary surgery which resulted in permanent damage to his arm.
Surgeries are performed on patients in Massachusetts every day. In most cases, the surgery goes smoothly, and the patient is usually better off than before the procedure. However, hospital errors could cause serious, long-term issues for patients. In one out-of-state example of medical malpractice, the family of a woman claims that doctors erroneously performed brain surgery on the woman, which ultimately caused her death.
Massachusetts residents expect to receive the best possible medical care for any condition they may experience. However, on occasion inattentive health care professionals will misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a potentially life-threatening ailment, resulting in unnecessary treatment, a more serious illness or even death. In the case of heart disease, there is no single catch-all test to diagnose the type or severity of the disease. If diagnostic corners are cut through an error or by design, a relatively benign problem may become much more severe.
In a case that could be of interest to Massachusetts residents, the family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after an allegedly botched tonsil surgery in 2013 filed a lawsuit on March 3 against the California hospital that treated her. The suit seeks unspecified damages.