Physicians owe a duty of care to treat patients safely and to adhere to the standards set by their state’s board of medical examiners. Deviating from those guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
When doctors fail to uphold the mandated standards, they may lose their ability to practice medicine. They may also face legal actions initiated by harmed patients seeking to recover damages.
Surgeons face the highest number of allegations
Research conducted by a nationwide insurance carrier revealed that 25% of claims made against doctors resulted from surgical procedures. As reported by Business Insurance, nearly 80% of the claims examined found performance-related issues.
A surgeon’s negligence may result in serious harm. An error in judgment, for example, may result in an unnecessary procedure. Failing to pay close attention during an operation may leave harmful objects inside a patient’s body.
Professional athlete files a legal action against team doctors
In a recent example of medical negligence, an allegedly botched surgery left a professional U.S. soccer player in debilitating pain. According to ESPN, he filed a lawsuit seeking over $10 million in damages. His suit alleges a breach of sterility guidelines and the performance of an “aggressive and risky” procedure that ended his career.
After doctors treated stress fractures in his legs, severe infections developed. The suit claims surgeons placed insufficiently sterilized metal plates in his shins. The first infection required the removal of one of the plates. Instead of removing the plate, however, the doctors negligently decided against it. Additional infections then began to develop.
The suit seeks to recover damages caused by medical negligence and the amount reflects the loss of a career. The harmed former athlete required a total of 12 surgeries, endured a painful rehab and continues to experience pain while walking.