In late 2011, a woman was at work when her foot was run over by a bread rack. About a month later, she went to an appointment with a podiatry doctor to see what could be done about the continuing pain in her left foot.
According to a lawsuit filed by the patient and her husband, the doctor advised surgery, which was carried out. However, the doctor later said the surgery was a failure, given that the woman's pain continued. Consequently, the doctor ordered a second surgery.
Still, after the second procedure was completed, the patient still suffered pain in her foot. Her lawsuit claims that neither one of the surgeries was necessary and that the procedures actually caused permanent injuries and ongoing pain.
It is not difficult to imagine how a doctor might react to the realization that a surgery was a mistake. Maybe the doctor would feel a sense of panic and take steps to hide the fact that a mistake happened, even going so far as to commit errors on top of the initial one in an attempt to double-back on the previous diagnosis.
Such consideration, however, does not justify putting a patient's health and well-being at risk.
While the outcome of this particular case remains to be seen, Pennsylvania residents who have suffered a medical injury can undoubtedly relate to the plaintiffs' claims. The husband and wife are seeking compensation for a number of damages, including loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Logan hospital, doctor named in malpractice suit," Melody Dareing, Feb. 12, 2014