Texas woman who donated a kidney files medical malpractice suit

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014

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Many people are nervous when they go to the hospital. After all, no procedure comes with guaranteed success. Many individuals, however, take comfort in the knowledge that a trained expert will be overseeing their care and will protect them from any unnecessary harm. In some situations, however, medical experts are at fault for the negligent treatment of their patients. In these circumstances, patients are not without a legal remedy.

A 31-year-old woman recently underwent surgery to remove her kidney and donate it to her ill grandmother suffering from cancer. The woman claims that her grandmother's terminal cancer was not properly diagnosed and her kidney was needlessly donated. The woman's attorney argues that the transplant was of no value and caused the woman to suffer from financial loss due to medical expenses, lost earnings, physical impairment, mental anguish and pain.

A doctor and a patient have a special relationship. Within that relationship, the doctor has a duty protect the patient from needless injury. If the doctor acts in a way that is negligent, the patient may have a claim for medical malpractice.

A medical malpractice claim allows for an injured party to receive damages from a liable party. The idea behind damages is to make the injured person "whole" again. Damages can be awarded for missed wages at work, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Individuals who believe that a doctor, hospital or pharmaceutical company acted negligently and caused them harm should speak with an experienced legal professional. These professionals can protect the individual's rights and explain their legal options.

Source: Wacotrib.com, "Granddaughter who donated kidney files malpractice suit," Tommy Witherspoon, August 9, 2014

Source: Wacotrib.com, "Granddaughter who donated kidney files malpractice suit," Tommy Witherspoon, August 9, 2014

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