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Surgeon sues clinic for medical malpractice after surgery mishap

It may be easy for New Jersey residents to forget that doctors and surgeons can end up needing medical care, just like everyone else. When they do, they put their health, lives and livelihood into the hands of colleagues. Just as any other patient would, medical professionals trust that nothing will go wrong. Sometimes, however, that trust is misplaced, and a medical malpractice claim ensues.

In Feb. 2010, a neurosurgeon was performing a procedure when pieces of what may have been bone flew into his eye. A little over 11 months later, another surgeon at the clinic where he worked performed surgery to repair his left eye. The neurosurgeon/patient claims that he ended up with a hole torn in his iris, which obliterated his pupil.

Since that day in Jan. 2011, the former Cleveland surgeon has not performed a single surgery. Once he realized he would never again function as a neurosurgeon, he filed a lawsuit against the Cleveland Clinic where he worked and was operated on by a colleague. A jury recently awarded him $7.7 million for past and future lost earnings. The clinic is apparently contemplating filing an appeal.

This medical professional held his colleagues to a high standard and was willing to seek to hold his clinic financially responsible for the permanent injury he suffered at the hands of another surgeon. New Jersey residents expect no less from the medical professionals responsible for their health and safety. If someone suffers a permanent injury through the negligence of a doctor, surgeon or other medical personnel, he or she retains the right to file a medical malpractice claim to seek damages such as out-of-pocket medical expenses, any wages lost due to the injury and other damages allowed by state laws.

Source: cleveland.com, Cleveland Clinic doctor wins $7.7 million malpractice verdict from the Clinic, John Caniglia, March 21, 2014

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