New Mexico residents might be aware that medical mishaps are an unfortunate reality, but they may be shocked to learn about some particularly disturbing recent examples of medical malpractice. The prospect of undergoing some sort of surgical procedure without the benefit of anesthesia would be terrifying for most people. This was exactly what happened to one West Virginia man who was not given a general anesthetic until 16 minutes after his surgery had begun. The man committed suicide just two weeks after the abdominal surgery left him traumatized.
In another instance of medical malpractice, a surgeon amputated the wrong limb of his patient. The Florida surgeon was fined $10,000 and lost his medical license for six months after he removed the wrong leg when operating on a 52-year-old man. The victim sued both the surgeon and the hospital where the surgery took place and was eventually paid over $1 million.
A female patient at a New York fertility clinic initiated litigation after receiving sperm donated by a stranger rather than her husband, and a professional bodybuilder sought civil remedies when a plastic surgeon gave him breast implants designed for a woman. A mother of two elected to have part of her jaw removed after being diagnosed with cancer. She was told that the surgery would give her a few more precious months with her children. However, the procedure proved to be completely unnecessary when subsequent tests revealed no cancer at all.
Pursuing civil remedies in cases involving medical mistakes be difficult and challenging. However, an attorney with experience in personal injury law might be able to make the process less confusing by assessing the merits of a potential case and explaining the steps involved in seeking compensation.