A One-Time Doctor’s Error Can Lead to Long-Term SufferingOctober 12, 2017
“Kyle” (not a real person) had been taking blood thinners for his entire adult life. He had inherited a genetic disorder from his father that led to him forming blood clots and the medication was needed to prevent serious impairment – or even death.
In spite of this, Kyle lived an active, healthy life, and nobody but his doctor, family, and close friends knew of his unique medical needs. He worked as a mail carrier, and his condition never slowed him down on his route, which weaved through and around several city blocks. He enjoyed the daily physical activity and the social interactions he made with the residents of his small town as he delivered their mail.
One day, Kyle visited his doctor to complain of fatigue and weight loss. The doctor suggested a colonoscopy in a few days’ time, to check for lymphoma, and advised him to stay off the blood thinners in the meantime. Kyle was nervous about doing without his medication, but the doctor assured him that everything would be fine.
When he returned to the hospital, Kyle was a wreck. After just a few days without his blood thinners, clots had formed in his leg and his lungs. Kyle was quickly admitted to the hospital as doctors administered an anti-coagulant, but it was too late – his leg had developed gangrene and needed to be amputated.
During recuperation, Kyle’s grief quickly turned to anger. What had been a small annoyance – his initial symptoms of fatigue and weight loss – had turned into a catastrophe. He was fortunate to be alive, but had suffered irreparable harm due to his doctor’s insistence that he stop using his life-saving medication for a short while.
Worse, his injury now meant that he would be unable to work. Even if he could drive a mail truck, there would be the matter of getting packages from the truck to people’s doors or mailboxes. His personal tragedy affected both his body and mind, and Kyle sank into a deep depression.
Kyle finally worked up the energy to file a lawsuit against the hospital and his doctor, claiming that their negligence had led to his condition. While sympathetic to his distress, the hospital countered by saying that the doctor had acted in good faith and made appropriate decisions regarding his care, which had unfortunately resulted in the amputation.
Things progressed slowly, which was understandable given a case of this magnitude. As Kyle’s personal expenses piled up and his savings started to run dry, his lawyer suggested he contact USClaims to secure additional funding for his personal expenses as he pursued his medical malpractice suit.
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