Disabled man sues hospital for medical malpractice

When you visit the emergency room in Pennsylvania, you trust that medical professionals will do everything in their power to treat your ailment. In reality, however, physicians make mistakes just like everyone else. Occasionally, these mistakes can lead to costly medical bills, a lifetime of disability, or even death.

A 66-year-old man is suing a hospital and two doctors for medical malpractice. The man and his wife are asking for damages to cover the pain and suffering he is experiencing after receiving 4 surgeries and 22 specific procedures. The surgical procedures included a colostomy and the removal of portions of his buttocks and his left leg. He underwent these surgeries to contain and repair the damage left by an infection known as necrotizing fasciitis.

In the lawsuit, the man claims that the doctors at the hospital failed to give him proper medical care on his first visit to the emergency room because he did not have insurance. A medical professional testified that the man should have received immediate attention during his initial hospital visit. The emergency room physician gave him antibiotics and discharged him. The doctor also told him to make an appointment with a surgeon. By the time the man was able to meet with a surgeon four days later, his condition required surgical intervention and related care that cost nearly $400,000 and resulted in a disability.

If you are the victim of a negligent physician, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and your pain and suffering. You do not have to suffer in silence. A lawyer may be able to help.

Source: Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Mercy Clinic in Springfield, Mo. accused of medical negligence,” Jim Doyle, June 2, 2013