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Doctor errors can cause permanent injuries


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 20, 2013 in Doctor Errors

People in Connecticut may have recently seen news reports about a serious doctor error in another part of the country. According to a medical malpractice suit filed on Sept. 30, an Ohio woman was injured when her doctor mistakenly sprayed a mixture containing chemicals found in drain cleaner inside her vagina during a medical exam. The suits says she continues to suffer long-term negative effects of the alleged doctor error.

A neutral pH is 7, and vinegar usually has a pH of 2.5 to 5, which is acidic. The mixture sprayed in her body was reported to have a pH of over 12, according to her lawsuit, which is very damaging to the human body. The victim states that she continues to deal with irregular bleeding, pain and changes to her lifestyle. She is concerned that she will not be able to have children in the future, and she may need a hysterectomy as a result of her injuries.

Patients who are injured by medical professionals today have many recourses available to them. The woman in Ohio has filed suit against the doctor and other personnel in his medical practice, asking for compensation for damages. Other injured patients may ask for present and future medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering and loss of wages.

Patients who have been injured due to doctor errors, which include birth injuries, surgical errors and misdiagnoses, may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctors involved. People trust medical personnel to handle their bodies with care, but mistakes can lead to serious injury. Patients may be able to claim settlements that will help defray the costs of medical procedures and care.

Source: USA Today, "Doctor mistakes drain cleaner for vinegar, suit says", Tom Meyer, November 12, 2013