Monday, November 21, 2011

Woman Who Underwent Mastectomies Received $198,000 for Medical Malpractice

Mastectomy is the medical term for removal of one or both breast though a surgical operation. Removal could either be partially or completely. It is usually done to treat breast cancer. Cancer cells are being removed from the breast in this procedure.

Generally, mastectomy is advisable for patients with cancer or with a high risk of cancer only. And this had led a woman from California to file for a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Los Angeles county hospital.

Ana Jimenez – Salgado filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital in Los Angeles where she had her mastectomy after she found out that she never had a breast cancer.

Jimenez – Salgado underwent a mastectomy on 2007 after she learned from an outside pathologist that the cells obtained from her biopsy were cancerous. She only found out that she never had breast cancer when she later underwent a reconstructive surgery after the hospital’s pathologists concluded that she never had such illness. 

In the lawsuit, Jimenez Salgado claimed that the hospital has been negligent in relying on the outside pathologists and that her reconstruction was carelessly performed. The county hospital admitted that they failed to review her biopsy specimen before heading on her mastectomy.

The said medical malpractice lawsuit had awarded her a $198,000. That’s a somewhat good consolation for losing her breast. She may now have her prefect reconstructive surgery now using her medical malpractice compensation.

Hopefully, the county hospital learned their lesson from this personal injury case to prevent such mistakes from happening again.