HUP Could Pay Out $1.74 Million | The Weitz Firm
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by an error in surgery, contact our Norristown surgical malpractice attorney at The Weitz Firm helps to get justice for you or your loved one in order to protect.
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Take a moment to step back and reflect on public places that are supposed to make visitors feel safe and secure. If you are the victim of some crime, some may say the police station. If you like to read in silence then some may consider the library as a safe and secure place. Others may say places like medical centers or hospitals. The people who work in hospitals make us feel secure. When we enter those spaces we feel hopeful. It is a doctor or health care providers job to make us feel hopeful and let us go feeling better than when we walked in.

Most of the time, doctors and hospitals excel at making people feel better. Other times, not so much. Our Norristown Surgical Malpractice Attorneys at The Weitz Firm know all too well the stories where a doctor or medical staff failed. This failure resulted in an injury that could have been avoided. So what do you do if you feel the system has failed you? What do you do if you had surgery yet nothing gets better, or if it gets worse? You seek legal understanding of surgical malpractice at The Weitz Firm where we have experience and skill in protecting victims from more negligent behavior.

Joseph Traina’s Story

On a cold February day, Joseph Traina was taken to surgery for cardiac arrest where he later died. 13 days prior to the cardiac event, Traina underwent gastric bypass surgery. Traina’s wife filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, and several doctors and medical personnel. The total damages were $2.9 million; HUP was liable for 60% resulting in $1.74 million. The lawsuit suggests that the doctors failed to diagnose the husband with deep vein thrombosis which caused a clot to block his heat and resulted in the cardiac event. The lawsuit suggested that had the medical team found the deep vein thrombosis they could have prescribed blood thinners which would have avoided the whole incident and Traina would be alive.

The evidence needed to prove medical malpractice is similar in surgical malpractice. You have to prove that the health care providers breached a duty of care which resulted in the patient getting injured. Surgical errors look like doctors leaving instruments in patients, making the wrong incision, continuing work or starting work without consent, or conducting the wrong surgery. Doctors are human. They make errors. Unfortunately, the consequences of making a surgical error can be life altering or life ending.

What To Do

If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by an error in surgery then
call 267-587-6240 or click here to start a free consultation with our professional attorneys at The Weitz Firm in Norristown today. Surgical errors are a real issue. If we don’t hold people accountable for their actions then someone else risks the same fate. Help get justice for you or your loved one in order to protect others.

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