A Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit filed on March 14, 2016 alleges that the plaintiff’s surgeon removed a portion of the wrong rib during her surgery on May 18, 2015 that was supposed to remove a lesion on an adjacent rib. The plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit further claims that the surgeon attempted to cover up his medical negligence by advising her that she needed further surgery because not enough of her correct rib was removed during the original surgery.
The plaintiff had a lesion on her eighth rib that was intended to be removed during the surgery. The radiologists marked on the plaintiff’s body the location of the eighth rib and the location of the lesion so that the surgeon would know what section of the eighth rib to remove. The markings included metal coils placed into the rib and dye injected into the skin and surrounding tissue to mark the correct area for resection.
When the plaintiff woke up after the surgery, she immediately noted pain in the surgical area that continued into the evening. An x-ray found that the markers placed by the radiologists in the plaintiff’s eighth rib were still in place and that a portion of her left rib had been removed. The surgeon failed to advise the plaintiff that he had removed the wrong rib and instead told her that he needed to remove more of her eighth rib.
The plaintiff had surgery later that day during which the correct portion of her eighth rib, along with the markers, were removed.
The plaintiff’s Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendants were negligent and failed to adhere to the standard of care by their failure to adequately and properly monitor and supervise the resident physician house staff; by their failure to confirm intra-operatively with x-ray that the correct rib was being resected; by their failure to remove the implanted marking coils prior to closing the surgical wound and leaving the operating room; by their failure to obtain an x-ray prior to closing the surgical wound and leaving the operating room; by their failure to recognize that the wrong rib had been operated on until after the plaintiff had recovered and returned to her hospital room; and, by their misrepresenting to the plaintiff the reason for her needing a repeat surgery.
The plaintiff claims that as a result of the defendants’ negligent and intentional acts, she suffered injury, emotional distress, and economic loss, and she had unnecessary repeat surgery, for which she seeks compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $15,000.
Source Craven v. Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Inc., et al.
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