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Woman wins large settlement for botched surgery

Thousands of Pittsburgh women have been affected by breast cancer. Many times part of breast cancer treatment is removal of the breast. This can be followed by reconstruction surgery. A woman in nearby Columbus recently received a large settlement for a botched breast reconstruction surgery and the failure to diagnose surgery complications.

The Columbus woman was diagnosed with breast cancer and had her right breast removed in 2006. She put off reconstruction surgery until 2012 when she had surgery that included removing a flap from her abdomen to reconstruct her breast. Two days after surgery the flap died after being congested with blood and was removed. The woman was left with a hole in her chest that required extensive wound therapy. She also had to spend four months in a nursing home while the wound healed. The woman claims her surgeon fell below the standards of professional care when she failed to address the complications after surgery and used leech therapy instead of surgery. A jury agreed and last week awarded the woman $358,000 for failure to diagnose the problem.

Although all surgery involves risk it is important that surgeons are aware of complications that can arise after the surgery and that they do their best to prevent them. If a family believes they have suffered from an unexpected surgical complication they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened to cause the injury and worsened condition. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No Pittsburgh resident ever expects the person will be the victim of medical malpractice. But for thousands of people across the United States it has become a reality. It is important to hold negligent medical providers responsible for their actions so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: dispatch.com, "Jury awards $358,000 to woman for botched breast-reconstruction surgery", John Futty, April 23, 2016

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