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Being aware of doctor errors

While most doctors in Arizona and across the United States are good at their jobs, some can and do make mistakes. Unfortunately, their mishaps can lead to serious injury or death. For example, one man in West Virginia was not given proper anesthesia before surgery for abdominal pain and was awake during the procedure. While he made it through the ordeal, he later committed suicide.

In another example of medical malpractice, a man was undergoing surgery to have a leg amputated at University Community Hospital in Florida. However, the wrong leg was removed. This lead to him receiving $900,000 in damages from the hospital and another $250,000 from the surgeon. The person who made the mistake was fined $10,000 and lost his medical license for six months.

A mother of two children was left disfigured after having a portion of her jaw removed. The procedure was done after the woman had been diagnosed with cancer, and she had about three to six months to live. She was told that having the procedure done would give her extra time to live and spend with her kids. Several months later, however, doctors told the woman that she was cancer free. It was ultimately determined that the woman never had cancer to begin with.

If negligence leads to a worsened medical condition or otherwise harms a patient, that person may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit. Such victims might be able to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney may be able to review a case to determine the exact compensation an individual may be entitled to.

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