Many people in Wisconsin scheduled to undergo an outpatient procedure approach it with relatively little anxiety. They believe there is little chance of the procedure ending in complications. However, one man’s story shows that even a relatively low risk surgery carries complications with it. If those complications go untreated as a result of medical malpractice, as this man’s family claims happened to him, there could be serious, even fatal, consequences.
The lawsuit filed by the man’s family claims that he underwent surgery in Oct. 2010 as a result of a hernia. Although he was soon discharged, family members report that he could not urinate and that he felt dizzy. He returned to the hospital, and his condition stabilized. Upon discussing the emergency room visit with his cardiologist, he was advised to resume blood thinner medication.
Two days later, the man was in worse condition. He returned to the emergency room where it was determined that internal bleeding had caused blood to pool in his abdominal area. He was unfortunately unable to recover and passed away the following day. The man’s family members are requesting unspecified damages.
Patients in Wisconsin expect that their medical care providers will provide the appropriate standard of care, including appropriately diagnosing and treating ailments. For those who have lost a loved one as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, there are legal options available. If claims of medical malpractice are successfully argued, a monetary award to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages could be awarded.
Source: louisianarecord.com, “Hospital sued over man’s death from allegedly severe internal bleeding following surgery“, Kyle Barnett, Nov. 21, 2014