A 32-year-old Brooklyn woman, who had to have both her feet amputated after developing sepsis following a minor surgery, has cleared a major legal hurdle against a Long Island hospital that she is suing for medical malpractice. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the woman will get her day in a Brooklyn courtroom after a judge rejected the hospital’s motion to move the lawsuit to Nassau County where the hospital is located. Lawyers for the hospital were disputing the woman’s claim that she lived in Brooklyn when she filed the medical malpractice claim in 2010. Cases filed in Brooklyn commonly result in much more money being recovered than in Nassau County.
The woman underwent a gynecological surgery at the hospital in 2009 and claims that surgeons punctured her intestine during the procedure triggering a massive infection and blood poisoning. She developed gangrene in her lower leg and became a double amputee. The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, seeks unspecified monetary damages and names seven physicians as defendants in addition to the hospital.
Medical Malpractice Facts
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections and 99,000 deaths from those infections in 2002. A recent CDC report estimated the annual medical costs of infections in U.S. hospitals to be between $28 and $45 billion, adjusted to 2007 dollars. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), more than 225,000 people die every year because of medical errors. There are about 12,000 deaths a year because of unnecessary surgery, another 80,000 fatalities because of infections contracted in hospitals and about 7,000 due to medication errors.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice Victims
Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation such as lost wages and benefits, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injuries, hospitalization costs, physical therapy, etc. If you or a loved one has been injured in New York as a result of medical negligence, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.
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Source: New York Daily News
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