Undergoing surgery inherently has many risks. However, the potential benefits of medical interventions typically outweigh the risks, and many people in Texas choose to proceed. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man claims that doctor errors at a Veterans' Affairs hospital has left him with nerve damage and pain that ultimately cost him his job.
The man says he visited the VA complaining of foot pain. An X-ray reportedly revealed he had a stress fracture. Approximately two weeks later, a podiatrist at the VA recommended that he have surgery to repair the fracture. As part of the surgery, the podiatrist reportedly installed a plate and three screws into the man's third metatarsal.
After staying off of his foot for approximately a month after the surgery, he was finally able to return to work, but he felt a pop in his foot soon after and sought additional medical care. At that time, a X-ray reportedly revealed that the plate had been installed on the wrong bone. A second opinion confirmed that the third metatarsal was undamaged, but the fourth and fifth were broken and required treatment. Even after surgery to repair the damage, the man says he continues to experience nerve damage and pain. He additionally asserts that his condition resulted in the loss of his job.
In a recently filed federal lawsuit, the man is requesting $2.7 million in damages. Unfortunately, incidents such as these happen far too often and often have a lifelong impact on a person. As a result, many people in Texas who are suffering as a result of doctor errors turn to a civil court. If it can be proved that a plaintiff is the victim of medical malpractice, he or she could receive an award of damages to help manage the financial consequences stemming from another's negligence. Consultation service from Maloney Law is free. Contact us today to get started.
Source: hamptonroads.com, "$2.15M lawsuit: Hampton VA did surgery on wrong bone in foot", Scott Daugherty, June 2, 2015