There are certain surgeries that many Florida patients automatically assume are riskier than others. Often, these surgeries involve the brain, spine or internal organs, and they do carry a certain amount of risk for the patient. However, procedures and precautions have been put in place in order to ensure a patient’s well-being. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made, they may result in a patient’s permanent injury or even death. One man filed a medical malpractice suit after his wife died of septic shock after undergoing surgery. 

The man’s wife originally underwent back and spinal surgery in 2016 at Medical University of South Carolina. After the surgery, a catheter was inserted, and she was transferred to Life Care Center of Hilton Head. Not long after, the patient began experiencing pain from the catheter. Doctors removed the catheter temporarily and reinserted it the next day. 

Over the next month, doctors suspected that the patient had developed a urinary tract infection and prescribed medications for it. Unfortunately, a few days later, the patient was found unconscious, and she remained so for five days. After she was found, the patient was transferred to the emergency department of the hospital where the catheter was removed. 

One doctor, according to the lawsuit, claimed that the catheter that was removed from the patient was contaminated. The patient then began showing symptoms consistent with septic shock. She spent the next several months in rehabilitation centers and hospitals, but she was ultimately readmitted to Hilton Head Hospital for sepsis and septic shock. After she was admitted, she suffered respiratory failure, which required her to be intubated. Unfortunately, the woman died about a month later in October of 2017 from encephalopathy, sepsis, pneumonia, acute respiratory failure and venous thromboembolism. 

Many people may believe, as this widower does, that the death or permanent injury of a patient is the result of a doctor’s failure to recognize and treat a serious medical condition in a timely manner. Florida residents who believe that they or a family member has been a victim of medical malpractice could benefit from speaking with an attorney. With the help of a lawyer, these individuals may be able to receive compensation for the costs of medical care, loss of income, pain and suffering, or funeral expenses.

Source: islandpacket.com, “She got septic shock and died. Now her husband is suing a Beaufort County doctor“, Michael Olinger, March 1, 2018