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Couple sues hospital over amputation that may have been prevented

Any time you go to the hospital, you trust that the medical care you'll receive will be thorough and accurate. But what would you do if a medical mistake could have been the reason for a later heart attack, amputation or other major problem? Franklin, Ohio, readers might have heard about this lawsuit taking place in West Virginia. According to the report from Oct. 11, a couple is suing their local hospital because it failed to diagnose and provide care in a reasonable manner for the woman seeking medical care.

According to the report, the woman had gone to the local hospital, Roane General, on Aug. 18, 2011, complaining about swelling and pain in her leg. She had told the emergency physician that the swelling had been taking place for five to seven days, according to her complaint. She stated that she was diagnosed with edema, a swelling problem, and told to follow up with a physician.

The woman went into the hospital again on Aug. 31, 2011, for a follow-up with her primary care physician, and then she was told that it seemed like peripheral edema. She had a few small tests done, an echocardiogram and chest x-ray, and then was told to follow up again in one month. However, it wasn't until September that the woman got to see a vascular surgeon by a referral. That could have been only because she was examined another three times between the Sept. 10 and 25. Finally, on Oct. 17, the woman went to Charleston Area Medical Center's emergency department, and she was told that she had necrosis and a "foul" smell coming from her foot. Two days later, she had an amputation on her leg right below the knee. She ended up having another amputation, this time, above the knee.

In this case, it seems like something may have been missed, and if you feel a physician has missed diagnosing something that has caused you an injury, it's okay to look into all your options for compensation.

The West Virginia Record, "Couple sue Roane General Hospital for medical malpractice" Kyla Asbury, Oct. 11, 2013

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