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Ohio wrong-site cancer radiation lawsuit settled for $200K

The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) recently settled a lawsuit brought by a patient who claims the hospital performed radiotherapy to the wrong parts of her body. The plaintifff, who was suffering from cervical and endometrial cancer, will receive $200,000 but UTMC has not admitted any wrongdoing.

Wrong-site surgeries are frighteningly common, as the patient is typically under anesthesia and unable to speak up to prevent the surgeon's error. Wrong-site radiation therapy may occur when the cancer site is highly invasive or involves the precise application of radiation to a tiny area.

In addition to delaying the administration of radiotherapy, wrong-site radiation needlessly exposes the patient to health risks associated with radiation, including:

· Secondary cancer

· Infertility

· Lymphedema

· Joint problems

· Urinary and bladder changes

News of the wrong-site medical malpractice lawsuit has added to UTMC's recent bad press. In 2012, Toledo Medical Center was ridiculed by the national media after hospital staff threw away a donor kidney shortly after it was removed, botching the kidney transplant operation.

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by hospital negligence, an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney can help you explore your legal options.

Source: Claims Journal, "Ohio Hospital Pays $200K To Michigan Patient In Malpractice Claim," Jan. 29, 2014

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