Medical mistakes happen every day, however not every mistake made by hospitals and medical doctors constitutes negligence or medical malpractice. The error which led to Anna Mazur’s legal blindness may be an example of a medical mistake that constitutes clear carelessness. Mazur, now 92-years-old, was at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute in 2011 for surgery to repair a blocked vein in her left eye, which was all-but blind from glaucoma. Doctors, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, operated on her relatively healthy right eye instead. She’s now legally blind as the result of the botched surgical procedure and can no longer live on her own or perform simple daily tasks.
This is a terrible outcome for a formerly independent woman enjoying the gold years of her life. Mazur’s case also highlights the devastating effects of a medical mistake, and how patients may never fully recover from the complications that can arise from them.
Mazur has filed a lawsuit against the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute reportedly seeking compensation for the damages she incurred as the result of medical negligence, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The law in Pennsylvania entitles her to pursue compensation for compensatory damages, including the cost of surgery and any subsequent procedures related to the harm, as well as punitive damages for her pain and suffering.
Hospitals and medical doctors constantly refine their processes and procedures to reduce the rate of medical errors. Despite these efforts, and the best intentions of healthcare providers, mistakes will happen. Bringing personal injury claims against those who negligently injure patients isn’t a winning lottery ticket. These people suffered tremendously at the hands of doctors who were supposed to help them, not add to their list of physical problems.
If you or someone in your family has suffered due to the negligence of a hospital or other healthcare provider, you may have rights to compensation. Our medical malpractice attorneys in your area can help you review your options to pursue damages and assist you in finding new medical doctors to continue your recovery. It’s your only personal injury claim – make sure you give it the best chance to succeed possible.