Many people have heard of procedures that are described as routine. However, many others in Wisconsin know that a surgery or test that is considered routine can turn into anything but if proper protocols are not followed throughout the procedure. One woman has filed a medical malpractice claim stating that her husband is now in a persistent vegetative state after undergoing what should have been a routine colonoscopy and endoscopy.
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 advances in the medical field over the last century have likely lengthened the average lifespan for people in this country. While most doctors are experienced professionals with the best interests of their patients at heart, a mistake could cost a person his or her life. In many cases of medical malpractice, Wisconsin victims -- or their loved ones if the mistake led to a fatality -- have sought legal recourse in a civil court. One out-of-state woman is taking such an action, arguing that the actions of her brother's doctor caused his death.
Many people in Wisconsin have a built-in respect for medical care providers. In fact, most doctors and other healthcare providers are well-trained professionals. Unfortunately, even the slightest miscalculation or oversight can have serious consequences. A person who has been a victim of such medical malpractice has the option of seeking legal recourse in a civil court.
Most soon-to-be parents in Wisconsin entering the delivery room have a sense of anticipation and nervousness as they await the arrival of their new little bundle of joy. While many people are aware that labor and delivery has complications and risks, most people have confidence that their doctors will successfully handle any issue that arises. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and a mistake made by a healthcare provider during birth can have serious lifelong consequences. One out-of-state woman whose daughter was injured during birth has recently been awarded damages in a medical malpractice suit.
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.
A Wisconsin woman was recently awarded a $25.3 million jury verdict for medical malpractice. The victim had her arms and legs amputated after medical providers failed to diagnose her properly. A patient who has been injured from the poor choices of their physician has the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim for financial damages.
A Wisconsin psychiatrist is alleged to have over-prescribed medications to multiple patients in the past year, and perhaps even more in the years previous to that. Records indicate that he has already faced at least one medical malpractice case in the past. In light of the allegations he is facing, the medical board preemptively suspended the psychiatrist's license.
Physicians can have a difficult job, whether they practice in Wisconsin or elsewhere. Their patients rightly assume they will diagnose, treat and cure a wide range of illness and injury without making any mistakes or errors in judgment. Unfortunately, this may not be a realistic expectation. Mistakes sometimes occur, and medical malpractice is not an unheard of occurrence.
Wisconsin residents place a large measure of trust in the American medical system. We believe that our healthcare is among the best the world has to offer, and most people seek medical care with the belief that they will receive the best possible standard of care, each and every time. Unfortunately, this ideal is not always met, as evidenced by the many medical malpractice cases that make headlines across the nation.