When someone suffers from a medical condition, they usually have the expectation that medical staff will do everything in their power to identify and treat their condition. That is not always the case and Colorado doctors can be subject to medical malpractice suits. A doctor appeared in court for a lawsuit that was filed by a patient, claiming that the doctor failed to adequately provide a high standard of care during clavicle surgery.
During the procedure, the doctor corrected the patient’s left clavicle in several different places. The doctor reportedly used surgical stitches to hold a plate in place instead of screwing it in due to the patient’s fragile bones. The patient stated that after the surgery, she was left to endure disfigurement to her left shoulder and other permanent injuries.
She is also unable to have a full night of rest and her husband is acting as her caregiver. The jury in this case was unable to come to a unanimous decision on whether or not the doctor was negligent. Even though this was a hung jury, the dispute is not over and a new trial has been scheduled for December of next year.
Any patient can be at risk of permanent injury due to the negligence of a physician. Patient injuries can often times require surgery and long term follow-up care, along with additional pain and discomfort. Colorado patients who have been injured due to medical negligence may be entitled to file medical malpractice claims against the medical facility or the doctor.
Source: dailyprogress.com, New trial set for medical malpractice case, Rhonda Simmons, Oct. 28, 2013