A Texas native is seeking more than $1 million in damages after doctors allegedly removed the wrong kidney after a cancer diagnosis. He claimed that the doctors misread his pathology report, prompting them to remove a healthy kidney instead of the cancerous one. Glenn Hermes also had part of his remaining cancerous kidney removed which further limited his kidney function.
Hermes is waiting to see if he will require dialysis as well as expensive drugs or a transplant to give him some semblance of normal function after this mishap. He said that he was emotional over the fact that he should be enjoying life and thinking about his retirement and not thinking about the fact that he lost his only good kidney.
Urologist and Radiologist Named in Lawsuit
Hermes also says that he’s been experiencing fatigue every day since the surgery which happened earlier this year. He states that he filed the lawsuit in order to provide for his family should anything happen to him. The lawsuit named his urologist and radiologist under gross negligence and medical malpractice claims. Hermes also claims that he has to be cancer-free for more than 5 years if he is to receive a kidney transplant.
Medical malpractice cases can be complex and have difficult consequences for the people who are affected. We rely on medical professionals to do their jobs in accordance to strict standards. However, when blatant negligence occurs, victims are allowed to seek compensation in the form of a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.
Depending on your state, medical malpractice cases may be capped when it comes to how much one can recover in a lawsuit. Texas has strict caps on medical malpractice awards. That said, an experienced law firm can still help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible so that you can have the needed finances to take care of future expenses. Additionally, some medical malpractice cases may leave you with extensive complications necessitating constant and round-the-clock care. This care doesn’t come cheap, and you should not be made to cover these expenses yourself.
Some of the damages you can claim when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical and mental suffering and pain
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Compensatory damages such as medical bills and physical therapy
- Non-economic losses such as loss of companionship
If you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, call an attorney. It’s vital that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.