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Medical malpractice litigation still not finalized after 3 years

New Jersey residents who have had unsatisfactory procedures at hospitals may be interested in the story of a woman from another state. She has been locked in medical malpractice litigation for three years, hoping that someone will accept liability for her current situation. It began when she was admitted to the hospital with a condition that threatened her life.

The woman's intestines had been completely obstructed by scar tissue. After washing out her colon multiple times, a longer lasting solution was suggested. A doctor recommended the insertion of a stent into her colon -- which had actually been designed and tested to unblock the esophagus in the throat. Soon after inserting the stent, her colon ruptured, and emergency surgery was necessitated. Due to severe complications after surgery, the woman developed a blood clot that led to the amputation of her leg, and furthermore, she now must wear a colostomy bag permanently.

The woman claims that the hospital allowed the doctor to use her as an object of experimentation. Though the doctor eventually settled with the woman, the hospital claimed that the doctor was appointed on a contract basis, and that they were not accountable for his deeds. The issue still remains regarding the thousands of dollars charged to the woman by the hospital, for both the procedure and the stent that caused the emergency surgery afterward.

When New Jersey residents suspect that they have been the victim of medical malpractice, they are free to file charges against the doctors and hospitals involved. This type of claim must be based upon evidence of negligence that either caused or substantially contributed to the claim lodged. In circumstances where the law determines that an act of medical malpractice occurred, a New Jersey court may also consider the imposition of punitive damages, in addition to any compensatory damages awarded.

Source:, Medical malpractice nightmare, Kaitlyn Ross, Nov. 7, 2013

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