Maryland residents put a large amount of faith in their doctors to do their jobs to the utmost of their abilities. However, an out-of-state patient's trust was violated when her doctor performed the wrong surgical procedure, according to the victim. The 32-year-old woman paid the doctor for a buttock augmentation, but she received a tummy tuck instead. It has yet to be seen, but the victim may decide to pursue a medical malpractice suit against the doctor.
This unwarranted tummy tuck resulted in the victim staying in the hospital for 11 days and left her with a gaping wound spanning more than 7- inches. According to other complaints, this is not the first time that the doctor, who promises patients curvaceous backsides and flat stomachs, has been accused of either severely injuring or even disfiguring patients. Other complaints allege that the out-of-state doctor has used the incorrect amount of anesthesia, perforated organs and discharged victims to facilities that were not capable of providing adequate medical care.
The woman was discharged to a motel, where she proceeded to throw up all night. She visited the clinic twice to see her doctor, but he never showed up. She flew back home to Chicago, where she went to an emergency room where doctors performed surgery in order to treat her for an infection, as well as acute kidney failure. This lead to her hospitalization for 11 days.
More than two months after the woman's surgery, she still has a 7-inch-long wound, as well as several months of healing ahead. She says that the medical bills are increasing too. As her serious injury resulted from the negligence of her doctor, this woman has the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice suit against the party or parties believed to have acted negligently. Successfully navigated, this type of claim may result in the entry of a monetary judgment, which could help to lessen some of her medical bills. A Maryland victim typically begins this process by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the validity of his or her claim.
Source: NBC Chicago, "'Felt Like I Was Going to Die:' Woman Accuses Doctor of Performing Wrong Surgery", Tammy Leitner and Lisa Capitanini, May 2, 2016