Medical patients, including those in Hawaii, have the right to expect appropriate care when being treated by medical staff. Those who suffer injury or illness deemed to have been caused by medical professional negligence have the right to pursue formal litigation in a civil court in order to seek compensation for damages. A recent case involved a patient who claims that her ankle was permanently disfigured and disabled by a physician’s failure to treat an infection that occurred after surgery.
According to reports, the woman had suffered a broken left foot that required surgery. She has since filed a lawsuit against the medical center where her surgery was performed and one of the doctors on the staff. The claim alleges that an infection in the treated foot was diagnosed but left untreated by the medical staff.
The infection reportedly became so severe that another surgery was necessary. The joint hardware that had been inserted in the first surgery was removed. The legal claim asserts that in the aftermath of the removal of surgically placed parts, the woman’s ankle became permanently disfigured. The patient is also said to have lost functionality of her foot. The woman is seeking compensation for damages suffered in excess of $100,000.
Hawaii patients who suffer from medical professional negligence may contact a legal professional with experience in medical malpractice cases in order to pursue the filing of a legal claim in a civil court. Ongoing medical treatment and potential loss of wages due to disability are typical forms of damage for which one might seek retribution. Seeking legal consultation in order to assess an individual case and determine what options are available would be a logical first step to take in the process.
Source: madisonrecord.com, “OSBEC medical doctor accused of failing to treat an infection“, April 2, 2015