A woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County against two doctors for treatment she alleges was so negligent it forced her to have to have her leg amputated above her knee. According to the complaint, the woman went to Norwegian American Hospital seeking treatment for an injured knee on Feb. 2, 2013.
The plaintiff alleges that she had slipped and fallen on ice. She alleges the doctors were negligent by failing to notice the pulse in her leg was not present, by failing to appropriately examine her or to conduct follow-up, failing to consult with a hematologist and by failing to perform fasciotomy procedures or to use a vein in her leg for surgery.
The woman alleges these failures on the part of the two doctors caused her to have to have her leg amputated as a result. In her lawsuit, she is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for the permanent injuries she suffered as a result of the alleged medical malpractice.
When people receive serious or catastrophic injuries resulting from the negligence of medical professionals who provide treatment, they may be able to recover damages for their injuries through filing a civil medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors have a high duty of care owed to their patients, and when they are negligent in the provision of that care, they may face civil liability for the resulting injuries. When people suffer injuries at the hands of a medical professional, they may wish to consult with a medical malpractice attorney who is familiar with the standard of care expected of doctors as well as possible claims their clients may have available to them.
Source: The Cook County Record, "Surgery patient blames doctors for leg amputation", Annie Cosby, October 15, 2014