When one thinks of negligence related to a surgery, one's mind might immediately go to negligence regarding the performance of a surgery. However, this is not the only type of surgery-related negligence than can occur. For example, negligence can also occur in connection to the post-surgical care of a patient.
When a medical professional or medical facility acts negligently in regards to a patient's post-surgical care, it can result in the patient suffering great harm. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and medical facilities make sure to act properly when providing a patient with care after a surgery and are held accountable when they commit harmful negligence during the course of such care.
Recently, a medical malpractice case has arisen that involves allegations of negligent post-surgical care. The case is from Illinois. The case involves a woman who underwent a surgery in September 2010. The surgery was performed at a hospital in Illinois. The surgery was aimed at treating an abscess.
The woman alleges that negligence occurred in connection to her post-surgical care. Specifically, she claims that certain actions that should have been taken in regards to the abscess after the surgery were not taken. The woman claims that this alleged negligence resulted in her getting an infection. According to the woman, this infection then led to her developing MRSA.
The woman has brought a lawsuit in a court in Illinois in connection to these allegations. The above-mentioned hospital, a doctor and the company this doctor was employed with at the time of the alleged negligence have been named as defendants in this lawsuit. Reportedly, this lawsuit is asking for damages. It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in this case.
Source: The Madison/St. Clair Record, "Gateway Regional sued by patient who claims she developed MRSA," Kelly Holleran, Oct. 2, 2012