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Doctor error and hospital negligence blamed for foot amputation

Residents of New York who seek medical treatment trust their doctors to take the time and care to make informed, professional and often life-saving decisions. In another state, however, due to alleged doctor error and hospital negligence, a woman is now left without her foot and lower leg. The woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against Lifepoint Hospitals and the other parties deemed responsible.

The recently filed complaint outlines a series of doctor and emergency room visits for acute pain in the woman's right foot. At each appointment, the woman was given various instructions with differing diagnoses and medications and then released after being told that her condition would improve. However, after each visit, her pain and swelling continued to worsen.

Finally, when the woman's physical agony became excruciating, she went to a different hospital and underwent a Doppler study. Results of the study revealed a severe blood clot in the woman's groin, which had led to prolonged ischemia in her right foot and leg. Despite the insertion of a stent and other therapy and treatments in an attempt to re-establish blood flow and counteract the blockage, the woman ultimately lost her right lower leg and foot.

It is alleged that the hospital negligence and doctor error, in addition to the defendants' recklessness and deviation from the appropriate standard of care, resulted in the woman's pain and suffering and mental anguish. It also resulted in the loss of her leg. New York residents who have similarly suffered due to the negligence or error of a health care professional may benefit from exploring their legal options with an attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman sues Lifepoint Hospitals for medical malpractice", Kyla Asbury, June 13, 2017

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