There are many well-trained and professional medical care providers in Wisconsin. However, a slight mistake on the part of a doctor, for example, can have serious long-term implications that could even be fatal. In fact, the estate of one deceased man, located out-of-state, has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that the doctor’s negligence caused the man’s death.
The man was admitted to the hospital — also named in the suit — in August 2009. Court records indicate that he underwent surgery on his abdominal area. At this time, one of the doctors named in the suit allegedly implanted a temporary stint that needed to be removed within three months. However, representatives of the man’s estate claim that the patient was not notified that the stint would need to be removed, even though he had two more abdominal procedures performed afterward.
Unfortunately, the man fell ill again approximately a year later. He was readmitted to West Jefferson Medical Center, in Louisiana, where it was determined that the temporary stint had prevented the wound from properly healing. While a permanent stint was implanted, the man later died. The man’s estate has requested unspecified damages, including pain and suffering and funeral expenses, as well as medical costs.
The loss of a loved one is difficult for family member’s to cope with. Knowing that the death may have come as a result of medical malpractice, especially when the negligence is from a trusted medical care provider, could make the grief even more difficult. Fortunately, those who are victim to, or have lost a loved one from, such negligence have the option of seeking legal recourse in a Wisconsin civil court. In many cases, those who have undertaken such an action have been awarded damages to alleviate the financial burden created by malpractice
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Medical malpractice lawsuit filed by estate of patient who allegedly suffered septic infection due to implant“, Kyle Barnett, Aug. 7, 2014