Did you know that about 4,000 people are killed each year in never events involving botched surgeries? Additionally, countless other Americans are injured in never events, which occur when items are left in patients, arteries are severed or the wrong organs or limbs are worked on by a doctor.
This form of medical malpractice is unacceptable—survivors can face a great deal of pain, suffering, rehabilitation and therapy due to mistakes.
One botched surgery making the news recently involves a man who claims to have sustained nerve damage in his foot after doctors at the Hampton VA Medical Center allegedly performed surgery on the wrong bone.
According to the Virginia-Pilot, the Navy veteran was to have a plate and screws inserted onto a broken bone in his foot, except doctors performed the operation on the wrong bone. The man is now suing the federal government for $2.15 million in damages.
Because of the alleged mistake, the man had to have an additional surgery to remove the plates and screws inserted on the wrong bone, while having to endure another surgery to repair the right bone. The man claimed that due to this, he developed an infection after the operations.
If you or a family member has suffered through the horror of medical malpractice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, speak to our attorneys. We can investigate your case and determine if malpractice occurred—many times, medical providers fail to acknowledge mistakes, so an independent investigation could prove beneficial.
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Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP