Any form of invasive surgery performed on an internal organ is serious business and should only be conducted when absolutely necessary. In order to avoid making a tragic misdiagnosis, doctors must carefully analyze the results of any tests to which a patient submits.
Doctors need to look at the entirety of a patient’s medical history and their present condition so as to determine if surgery is the appropriate course of action. To do otherwise could see a patient undergo an erroneous and potentially dangerous medical procedure.
Arizona residents may be interested to learn about a 31-year-old woman who has brought a lawsuit in Texas claiming negligence against a doctor. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the woman needlessly gave one of her kidneys to her grandmother due to a misdiagnosis made by the doctor.
In January 2012, the grandmother underwent a CT scan that, the suit claims, contained evidence of a form of cancer that later proved terminal. However, it is alleged that the doctor sent the grandmother and the woman to have a transplant without having reviewed the CT scan. The transplant took place Feb. 1, 2012.
The suit states that by August 2012, a determination was made that the grandmother had the terminal cancer and that the findings produced by the CT scan indicated that the transplant should have never transpired. In January 2013, the grandmother died.
In the suit, the woman is stated to have suffered varying setbacks, including lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish as well as physical pain and physical impairment.
If the assertions made against the doctor are true, then his negligence negatively impacted two lives. First, you have a woman who was terminally ill, yet underwent an unnecessary and physically stressful treatment. Second, you have her granddaughter who sacrificed a kidney and, according to the lawsuit, her health.
If you have discovered that you underwent an unnecessary medical procedure due to a doctor’s negligence, you should be compensated for the injuries that you have already incurred as well as for future expenses. A Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you determine your long-term needs and aid in the pursuit of fair recompense.
Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, “Granddaughter who donated kidney files malpractice suit,” Tommy Witherspoon, Aug. 9, 2014