Posted On: April 27, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Man Awarded $1 Million for Doctor Error

A LaSalle County, Illinois jury awarded $1 million to Jack Hughes Sr., a Tonica, Il. man who sued an orthopedic surgeon for medical malpractice for mishandling his knee surgery.

According to an article in USA Today, Hughes sued Dr. Mark Kelley of Peru for allegedly being negligent in performing a total knee replacement that required seven surgeries over 2 years.

Dr. Kelley argued that a prosthetic device used in the initial surgery was appropriate. According to the article, Hughes was unable to return to his job as a vocational automotive instructor at Streator Township High School because of a chronic pain syndrome.

When a patient has been treated with substandard care by a doctor or healthcare provider and has suffered an injury or disability as a result, the patient has been the victim of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, prescription drug errors, failure to treat diseases, delay in treatment, negligence, and birth injury in Pennsylvania are just a few examples of medical malpractice. People of all ages are at risk for medical malpractice, including children, adults, and the elderly.

Surgical error in Philadelphia is a common type of malpractice that may take place when an attending surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical resident, or nursing staff causes an error that results in an injury. With so many surgeries being performed each year, countless patients are suffering from surgical errors, such as surgeries being performed on the wrong body part, surgical instrument related injuries, and anesthesia accidents.

Medical malpractice is a distressing situation, and the experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano, LLP, will make the process as simple as possible for you. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, please contact Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation with a Philadelphia PA medical malpractice attorney.