A medical malpractice case which reaches back 5 years was recently settled when a South Carolina jury awarded widower Michael Blair $2.4 million for the death of his wife Rita as reported by the Independent Mail News. Rita Blair had gone into surgery to correct a common gynecological problem many women face, a prolapsed vagina. Although the problem is common, it does involve major surgery and the risks associated with surgery. Many of these surgical procedures are performed every year, with good outcomes, but in Mrs. Blair's case her doctor made a surgical error and perforated her bowel during the operation. After the operation blood tests showed a drop in her hemoglobin which should have been the first warning to her doctor that something was amiss, but the low blood count was ignored and Mrs. Blair was discharged from the hospital.
Once she was home she began to have problems with nausea & vomiting but when her doctor was consulted he did not check her out and only prescribed anti-nausea medication. By the next day she was feeling so ill she went to the emergency room where her symptoms were not taken seriously considering she was a post-surgery patient. She was sent home where she became progressively worse. When she returned to the hospital again the next day she was admitted and lab tests were run which indicated she had a serious systemic infection, but a whole day passed before her doctor saw her and then another day before she was given a CT scan. It is almost unbelievable that another days delay went by before her doctor reviewed the CT scan which revealed she was bleeding internally.
By the time Mrs. Blair's condition was correctly diagnosed and treatment began it was too late to save her from the damage done by the perforated bowel and resulting infections. She suffered terribly because of the negligence of her doctor and the hospital and ultimately died 3 weeks after her surgery.
When Medical Professionals And Institutions Are Negligent In Their Care They Can Be Held Liable
Physicians and other healthcare professionals are human and therefore subject to making mistakes. But when those mistakes take place in a careless or negligent manner and with disregard for the health of the patient, then those responsible must be held liable for their actions or lack of action. Medical malpractice cases happen when healthcare professionals have not performed their duty to the standard of care that is required.
Medical malpractice attorneys see many families adversely impacted every year because a healthcare professional has been negligent or careless in providing for their medical care and/or the hospital or healthcare facility did not follow proper procedures.
If you have suffered because a doctor or other medical professional was negligent in giving your or a family member the proper care or treatment, you should consult with a Georgia wrongful death attorney who can help you seek justice and compensation. When a loved one has suffered and died, you may also be able to seek compensation for wrongful death. Every case is unique and really requires the experience of a personal injury attorney to determine your best legal course of action.
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