Malpractice claim filed in New Jersey after surgical error

By Drazin & Warshaw | September 25th, 2013

When a loved one is ill, it can be a very emotional and scary time for the individual and their friends and family. These are the times when an expert such as a doctor is heavily relied upon. Their opinions, diagnosis and treatment plan are not only followed but are trusted. When medical staff is negligent, it can greatly affect the individual seeking medical care and their loved ones. This could mean a progressively worse situation. A misdiagnosis, mistreatment or surgical error could significantly impact the patient’s health and their life. In response to this, the patient could file a civil suit against the medical staff or doctor for their negligence.

A 45-year-old New Jersey woman filed a medical malpractice claim this summer. She claims that the manufacturers of a surgical machine known as a da Vinci Robot are liable for the injuries she suffered from this device. According to the initial reports, the woman states that she is now dealing with chronic abdominal pain after a surgery she underwent. She alleges that the da Vinci Robot was the cause of her injuries and pain.

The filed lawsuit claims that the manufacturers knew about the possibility of arcing while the device is in use. This jumping or arcing movement could lead to serious injuries to the patient. If injury or serious medical problems result from the device, the affected patient could file for medical malpractice.

A negligent doctor or a surgical error could create hardships for the patient. They might be required to undergo additional surgeries or need long-term care. The civil suit could help cover these costs as well as any resulting damages this event caused. Compensation could cover medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Receiving medical care is important for those that are ill or injured, and significant trust is put in the professionals that try to better the patient. Those that suffer additional injuries from a doctor or medical staff should understand that they have rights and options to recover compensation for their injuries and damages.

Source: Lawyers and Settlements, “Da Vinci Lawsuit Plaintiff First to Litigate in New Jersey,” Gordon Gibb, Sept. 21, 2013

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