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Hospital comes under fire after doctors try to hide error

Arizona medical patients and their families may have heard about a malpractice case that occurred at a Connecticut hospital in 2015. According to reports, after doctors committed an error in which they took out the wrong rib of a female patient, they may have tried to cover up the incident. The woman's attorney said the hospital had to treat the woman to a second surgery soon after the first operation to correct the error, but the patient accused the doctors of failing to notify her that a mishap occurred at that time.

The woman said that she and her husband only found out about the accident when a different doctor X-rayed her and discovered the surgical errors. The patient notified the medical team that she didn't consent to one of the doctors who performed the first surgery continuing to work on the second. Nonetheless, this individual, who apparently lied to the couple that the follow-up surgery was only necessary to remove extra rib tissue, was present for the second operation.

The woman maintained the Yale surgeons should have performed an X-ray after the original procedure and referred to the markings placed before the operation to identify the correct rib. The 60-year-old woman filed her lawsuit in Connecticut's Superior Court.

Medical errors can occur without the knowledge of patients and their families, who may only find out if more treatment becomes necessary. When doctors breach their trust by failing to be forthcoming or deliberately obscuring the truth, victims could end up paying for more care or suffer from worsening symptoms. Many of these individuals find it helpful to have the assistance of counsel in seeking redress.

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