Was Performing Controversial Procedure Medical Malpractice?

Nerve damage in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) interferes with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Any of the body’s systems can be affected, and the condition can be lifelong as MS patients here in New Mexico are already aware. Treatment can help with the symptoms, but there is no known cure. Even so, a doctor on the west coast believes that a controversial procedure could cure patients. The question before a court in his area is whether an injury to a patient during the procedure constitutes medical malpractice.

The case in question dealt with a patient who was injured due to a bed rail malfunction that happened as he was being transferred while under care at a hospital. The patient fell off the gurney and broke his patella and clavicle. At the time, the hospital was transferring the patient on physician’s orders. 

The doctor claims that the patient knew that a stroke was a potential risk for the procedure and that he did not make an error during the procedure. He goes on to say that perforations are not detectable during the surgery and are not considered to be negligence. It will be up to the court to determine who is right.

Even if a New Mexico patient is aware that a certain surgical risk exists, that does not necessarily mean that it was not medical malpractice if it occurs. Informing a patient about the risk does not excuse a surgeon who incorrectly performs a procedure or makes a mistake during it. If an injured patient, or a family whose loved one died, believes that a doctor error occurred, it would be beneficial to discuss the matter with an attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a legal action.

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