Two lawsuits were filed in recent months alleging that a Texas neurosurgeon caused two patients to suffer serious injuries following the surgeries that he performed on them.
The first lawsuit, which was filed in June, stated that the doctor was supposed to perform a specialized procedure on the plaintiff, but that when she awoke, she had completely lost function in her left quadriceps, preventing her from being able to bear any weight on her left leg.
According to her lawsuit, the woman underwent a second operation, intended to counteract the problems from the initial surgery. The second surgeon reported finding “severe malpositioning of the surgical implants,” which were responsible for causing injury to the plaintiff’s nerves. Despite the subsequent surgery, the plaintiff still reportedly suffers from chronic pain and difficulty walking.
The second lawsuit, which was filed just last week, claims that the doctor harmed the plaintiff in two separate procedures, one of which was reportedly unnecessary, and one in which he injured a major nerve. The plaintiff claims that as a result, he suffers from significant pain and partial paralysis.
The doctor in question has reportedly recently had his license temporarily revoked by the state licensing agency, following serious adverse events in at least four separate incidents.
Even though these lawsuits were filed in Texas, similar claims can be filed in Maryland. Medical malpractice claims focus on whether the particular doctor or other provider acted in accordance with the standard of reasonable care for comparable professionals within the local geographic area. The term for this sort of standard is called negligence. The jury will determine, based upon the examination of various evidence, including expert testimony, whether the doctor in the particular case acted in a negligent manner, and whether this error was attributable for the harm to the plaintiff.
A successful medical malpractice claim potentially entitles the patient to compensation for pain and suffering, any medical bills or costs, physical or other therapies, lost wages at work, disability pay, future medical expenses, etc. Additionally, in egregious cases, punitive damages may also be available, although Maryland has a cap on the maximum amount available for these non-economic damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligent care of a physician, podiatrist, or other medical provider, you should seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney can help you identify all of the responsible parties, evaluate your claim, and develop a strategy to secure compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are skilled at pursuing claims for people in Maryland injured due to the malpractice or negligence of medical professionals. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will fight to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today online or by calling (800) 654-1949 in order to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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