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Ruptured Spleen Considered Malpractice

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Ruptured Spleen Considered Malpractice

Postby Ainslie » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:29 am

My mother is 67 years old and just had a had a 5 heart bypass. The surgery went very well and by the next day she was talking, sitting up, eating, and the doctor stated she was doing great and would have a quick recovery.  On the third day after the surgery, the doctor on call as a precautionary measure wanted to make sure there was no fluid building in the lungs. The doctor then preceded to do an ultrasound to locate the lung and proper place to insert the needle.  The doctor admitted by mistake he had missed her lung and ruptured her spleen.  That evening my mother had emergency surgery to remove her spleen. After the spleen removal she had many complications, her kidneys began to fail and has had to have dialysis. The area that the surgeons opened her up is covered with a woundvac and not been able to be be closed up due to the infection. My mother was in ICU for 7 weeks and is still in the hospital after 3 months.  Her heart is doing fine and the reason she has been in the hospital has been a result of the spleen complication, not her heart.  As a result this has also created complications from a financial standpoint, and were wondering if she is entitled to compensation through malpractice.  Thank you for your time
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Ruptured Spleen Considered Malpractice

Postby Deutsch » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:35 am

Darrell: Most of the malpractice questions I get do not even approach the facts of a viable malpractice case. Even if a doctor screws up, the screw-up must be very eggregrious(such that all other doctors would say "what the hell was that guy thinking") and the damages must be severe, with long term disability, pain and suffering etc.  All mp cases will be defended vigorously and the plaintiff's lawyer will have to commit thousands of his own money and hundreds of hours of work. If the case isn't worth a number well into the 6 figures, it is just not worth it.

Your mom's case may meet that threshold.  The defense will be that everything was done within the standard of care and accidents do happen that are not malpractice.  Nevertheless, I think you should pursue the case immediately.  Have your mother sign an authorization at the hospital to get a copy of her chart. Then start calling around to lawfirms in your area that handle mp cases. An interested firm will then have to commit some money......several thousand possibly....to hire an outside surgeon to review the chart and offer an opinion on whether malpractice occured. If you can find a well qualified expert,  then the game is on.  So, although I tell 90% of people writing me why they don't have a viable case and why they should drop the idea, I do think you need to take action. Get the chart and start contacting some lawyers.  It will cost you nothing. The firm will take a % of the result. Good luck  
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Ruptured Spleen Considered Malpractice

Postby Wacuman » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:35 am

My mother is 67 years old and just had a had a 5 heart bypass. The surgery went very well and by the next day she was talking, sitting up, eating, and the doctor stated she was doing great and would have a quick recovery.  On the third day after the surgery, the doctor on call as a precautionary measure wanted to make sure there was no fluid building in the lungs. The doctor then preceded to do an ultrasound to locate the lung and proper place to insert the needle.  The doctor admitted by mistake he had missed her lung and ruptured her spleen.  That evening my mother had emergency surgery to remove her spleen. After the spleen removal she had many complications, her kidneys began to fail and has had to have dialysis. The area that the surgeons opened her up is covered with a woundvac and not been able to be be closed up due to the infection. My mother was in ICU for 7 weeks and is still in the hospital after 3 months.  Her heart is doing fine and the reason she has been in the hospital has been a result of the spleen complication, not her heart.  As a result this has also created complications from a financial standpoint, and were wondering if she is entitled to compensation through malpractice.  Thank you for your time
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