After a gallbladder surgery went wrong, a former U.S. airman is suing the government for medical malpractice. The man lost his legs allegedly as the result of the surgery. Since 1950, a ruling called the "Feres Doctrine" has made it impossible for the federal government to be liable for injuries sustained during the time of military service. The airman was just 23 years old at the time of the surgery and about ready to be deployed overseas. What went wrong in the surgery was when one of the surgeons mistakenly cut the aorta, which caused massive bleeding. What is worse is that those performing the surgery did not notice this error for some time. When they finally realized why the patient's blood pressure had dropped so significantly, he had already lost a massive two-thirds of his blood supply. He was then transported to a facility in California for further treatment but it was determined that by that point it was too late and both legs were amputated.
The man and his wife are suing for around $50 million. The outcome of this case will be paramount for all future cases of this nature. If you or someone you love were the victim of medical malpractice then you can get help from our firm. A skilled Houston personal injury attorney will analyze your case and then determine how best you can be helped. Should you become a client of our firm, rest assured that we will use all of our resources in order to obtain for you the maximum possible compensation. When you are not the cause of your injuries, the responsible party should be held accountable. At Arnold & Itkin, we have never been intimidated to stand up against big medical companies and hospitals in order to get you the compensation you deserve. For help like this after your injury, contact a Houston medical malpractice attorney from our firm today.