Medical malpractice can happen for a number of reasons. Our care providers can make mistakes because they are overworked and don’t get enough sleep. Simple carelessness or negligence can lead to death or disfigurement. A wrong diagnosis can lead to an incorrect treatment. The failure to obtain or recognize informed consent can lead doctors to make decisions at odds with a patient’s wishes. These are a few of the worst cases of medical malpractice you never heard about.
- In 2001, SNL favorite Dana Carvey received coronary artery bypass surgery. The doctor bypassed the wrong artery! According to the surgeon who performed the operation, Carvey’s coronary artery was awkwardly positioned. Really, it was just a personal defect that led to the mistake. Carvey sued for $7.5 million.
- Never agree to surgery at the Rhode Island Hospital. Doctors drilled holes in the wrong side of patients’ heads no fewer than three times in a single year. In 2007, an 82-year-old was the third patient to be put at risk from the mistake. She survived, but an earlier operation on another 86-year-old patient led to his death.
- In one of the most horrible cases of medical malpractice you’ll ever hear about, a teenager went into a Florida Gynecological Diagnostic Center for an abortion, only for an unlicensed doctor to prescribe a drug that induced birth. Of course the child was born inhumanly pre-term, and died shortly thereafter. The “doctor” covered up the evidence. He was charged for his crimes.
- In a real-life story seemingly ripped from Grey’s Anatomy, a 73-year-old baptist minister experienced anesthetic awareness. In other words, doctors thought he was under even though he wasn’t. He could feel everything, but had no way to inform his doctors that he was conscious. He didn’t receive a proper dose for sixteen minutes and was subsequently traumatized. He committed suicide not two weeks after the surgery.
- In another real-life case you’ve probably already seen play out on television, surgeons forgot a 13-inch long metal retractor. How do you leave a more-than-foot-long metal instrument inside your patient? We don’t know, and neither did the patient. Somehow he only received $97,000 as part of a settlement for the medical malfeasance.
Sadly, there are any number of other cases on record, ranging from simple botched medication to amputating the wrong appendage. If you think you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, then seek out the services of an attorney right away.