Fewer things can be more terrifying than a loved one suffering from traumatic and severe pain due to an infection. Most of the time, friends and family member do not have the knowledge or skills required to treat a loved one and must rely on a doctor to help. Sometimes, unfortunately, medical care can fall below the standard, and a friend or family member's condition may even worsen. In these cases, often medical malpractice suits are brought to compensate for the pain and suffering of the victims, and other losses.
A medical malpractice suit is brought against a physician, hospital, or healthcare provider if the medical care that the patient received fell below the standard of care. Under Florida law, the standard of care that physicians, hospitals and healthcare providers must use is reasonable care. This means that they must use the level of care, skill and treatment that is recognized as acceptable by similar physicians, hospitals and health care providers. When a physician, hospital or health care provider fails to do something to this standard that a reasonably careful physician, hospital or healthcare provider would do under similar circumstances, a plaintiff may have a claim for medical negligence.
An unfortunate example of a situation in which a medical malpractice suit was brought this week involves the alleged failure of a doctor to diagnose and treat a giant abscess. An abscess, simply put, is a collection of pus that is caused by an infection. The story, reported by wvrecord.com, comes out of Charleston, West Virginia. According to the report, on July 30, 2011, patient Timothy Ray Starkey went under the care of Dr. Anathan Krishnathas.
During the time that Mr. Starkey was under Dr. Krishnathas' care, he allegedly had a large epidural abscess that was pressing up against his spinal cord. Mr. Starkey alleges that as a result of this abscess being left undiagnosed and treated, he suffered severe and permanent pain and suffering, both mental and physical, as well as permanent paralysis. Mr. Starkey and his wife brought suit for compensation of these damages, as well as for loss of income, and other compensatory damages. The case is still pending in Circuit Court.
In another recent medical malpractice suit, a Texas man made claims against a doctor at a hospital alleging that his wife died as a result of an untreated abscess. According to setexas.com, Dean Arrant is claiming that his wife, Daphney, died after an infection sustained after a tubal ligation. In 2011, after her tubal ligation procedure, a scar on Ms. Arrant's abdomen began to pull apart, and she began to experience a high fever, abdominal abscess, and other serious symptoms.
Dr. Richard R. Riggins diagnosed her with a staph infection and cellulitis, but did not order a full CT scan or do a complete blood count test. Mrs. Arrant was discharged from the hospital with medication, but her condition worsened and she had to go back into surgery. However, her body was so swollen that she died during the procedure. Mr. Arrant now seeks a judgment for his loss in Jefferson County District Court.
If you or a loved one has been injured during or following a medical procedure, you should immediately seek out an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice attorney can represent you in court and help you get the compensation that you deserve.