On Dec 30 2016, my husband had a heart attack it tore a whole in the septum of his chamber and they went in to fix it and tore ligaments in his chest. He has limited mobility on the left side and a massive bed sore. And the second hospital he had to be transport to a second hospital cause the first surgery did not work. And this hospital found what they think is an abscess in his pericardial sac. what can I do
You can certainly have his medical records reviewed to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care as opposed to a bad result or a known risk
Ventricular septal rupture is a rare, delayed, potentially deadly complication of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Whether the repair resulted in medical negligence or whether the post operative infections are due to same can only be ascertained by a careful review of the medical record. Consult local counsel for further clarity.
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Malpractice is care and treatment that falls below the standard of care and causes injury. The standard of care is basically the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice. It is how similarly qualified practitioners would have managed the patient's care under the same or similar circumstances. Injury typically must be severe or permanent in order for the claim to be economically feasible to pursue even if there is malpractice. These cases are very expensive and risky to pursue. Unless it appears there would be a meaningful economic recovery to the patient the cases are cost prohibitive to pursue. In order to find out if your husband was the victim of negligence, you need to retain a lawyer willing to investigate the claim. The lawyer will gather your husband's medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert who will be asked to offer an opinion as to whether 1. the care and treatment your husband received fell below the applicable standard of care and 2. caused an injury. There is no claim to pursue unless and until such an opinion is secured. If you believe your husband was the victim of medical negligence you need to act immediately. Your state has a short filing deadline. Also complicating your ability to seek justice is you are in a Republican state. Your chance of securing justice is considerably lower.
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I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your husband. If you want to see if there was medical negligence in his case you should contact a local attorney who can obtain your husbands medical records and consult with a medical expert to determine if the treatment that your husband received at the hospital was below the standard of care.
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