Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying. Once the news sinks in and a course of treatment has been prescribed and chosen, a person trusts the medical professionals to perform their jobs. In a recent case in California, surgical errors resulted in mistakes that could have been avoided.
A man was diagnosed with colon cancer and was scheduled for surgery at Madera Community Hospital. According to the patient's colonoscopy, there was a tumor located on the left side of his colon. The surgeon at Madera operated on the right side. The error appears to have occurred because the hospital apparently failed to verify the proper surgical location. The surgeon reportedly did not review the patient's test results and medical records prior to surgery.
The error in surgery reportedly led to a nine-month delay until a subsequent surgery to remove the tumor could be performed. That surgery was conducted at a different hospital. Madera Community Hospital was fined $47,025 because of the incident, and it has also adopted new surgical preoperative checklist procedures.
Fighting cancer is hard. People entrust their loved ones to medical professionals in California they believe can help, if not cure, the patient. When preventable errors occur that could prolong suffering or allow further spreading of a disease, a medical malpractice suit may be warranted. An attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice cases can review a situation and determine if a suit is a viable option. A successfully litigated claim can provide compensation for current and future medical costs and other verifiable losses.