Patients in North Carolina and elsewhere who are preparing to undergo a medical procedure may rely on medical professions to provide them with all the necessary information and to be fully capable of performing the operation. The presence of negligence or errors during even a minor procedure could carry catastrophic ramifications that may pose a threat to one’s well-being or lead to permanent health complications. A man in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $2.75 million in a medical malpractice claim after negligence during a dental operation caused him to suffer permanent harm.
According to reports, the incident began when the man visited a medical facility for a consultation about removing his wisdom teeth. During this visit, medical professionals performed imaging scans and the results of testing reportedly indicated that presence of a mass within his jaw. Without initiating further testing, a surgeon scheduled an operation to remove the mass, but the lawsuit states that the operation the surgeon performed was not quite the same as the one the patient was told he would be receiving.
The lawsuit states that in addition to performing a different type of operation, the surgeon proceeded to attempt to remove the mass even after the patient began to bleed profusely. Due to substantial blood loss, he had to be airlifted to another facility to undergo an emergency operation to stop the bleeding. Reports indicate that the incident cause him to suffer permanent damage and he was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment during legal proceedings.
Surgical negligence is a type of medical malpractice that could leave a person with life-altering injuries. Health conditions stemming from similar issues could lead to long-term health complications that could take a dire toll on one’s quality of life. Individuals in North Carolina who suffer such harm under similar circumstances may be left with questions about their available legal avenues and they could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on the next steps to take to seek the full amount of restitution entitled.