A patient was admitted to the hospital for heart surgery, but learned in recovery that doctors also removed her esophagus. A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), a diagnostic procedure that uses echocardiography to assess the heart’s function was performed. This procedure consists of inserting a probe into the esophagus to provide a clearer image of the heart during surgery. During surgery, the probe punctured her esophagus leaving doctors no choice but to remove it. The woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.
This medical malpractice lawsuit will most likely be a long legal process. The burden of proof is on the patient to show that negligence occurred. Moving forward with this case will be an emotionally and financially draining process. It will be important for this patient to work closely with her attorney to ensure her rights are protected and justice is served. It won’t be a simple process as the defendant will most likely argue that the injury was an acceptable risk of surgery, was unpreventable, and not the fault of the surgeon.
While every patient assumes there is some risk associated with surgery, surgical errors often do not fall within these assumptions. When a surgical error that could have been prevented results in serious injuries, the patient and their family should not be responsible for the damages suffered. The patient should not be left to pay the consequences for the negligence of the doctor. She is no only healing from the heart surgery, but she has also spent months adjusting to a special diet and suffered in pain when swallowing. This surgical mistake has also prevented her from a timely healing both physical and emotional.
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