If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to what you believe may have been medical negligence pertaining to laser lead extraction, you should immediately reach out to a trusted Baltimore medical malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to holding careless physicians responsible for the pain and heartache they inflict on patients. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family and that is precisely why we will navigate your claim with the utmost compassion.
Recent Laser Lead Extraction Lawsuit
After a two-week trial, an Illinois jury handed down a unanimous verdict recently finding a hospital guilty of medial malpractice. The lawsuit was filed after a 64-year-old man went through a laser extraction program to remove a pacemaker and later died in a hospital Cath Lab where the heart and blood vessels were perforated by the laser. The complaint alleged that the patient was the victim of a poorly prepared staff that not only perforated his heart but also was unable to respond to the injury in a timely manner. The family will now receive over $2 million as compensation for their loss.
Laser Lead Extraction
A laser lead extraction is the laser procedure used to take out a pacemaker or defibrillator from inside the heart. A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted into cardiac patients to normalize their heart rate or rhythm. Pacemakers use leads, a wire that runs from a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator into the heart’s chambers. During the pacemaker removal process, a doctor uses a laser to burn through scar tissue encapsulating the lead wires. This requires the laser to go through the major vein leading to the heart and into the chamber of the heart where the lead is attached. Any error during the procedure can lead to devastating, even fatal consequences for the patient.
Medical Malpractice for Laser Lead Extraction Injuries
A claim for medical malpractice in the surgical removal of leads for pacemakers and defibrillators is typically quite complex. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional breaches the standard of care to diagnose and/or treat the patient with the level of skill, knowledge and care ordinarily required of members in that medical professional’s specialty. It is not enough, however, to prove that the medical professional violated the standard of care. As the injured patient, you must also prove that the violation of the standard of care was a direct and proximate cause of your injury.
Damages in Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases
Patients who have been injured as a result of malpractice may be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability and more. Individuals who have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice may be able to recover funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and more.
Hire a Skilled Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you have been hurt or someone you know has died as a result of a botched laser lead extraction, we can help you hold the negligent party accountable. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore hospital malpractice attorneys are committed to getting our clients the justice and compensation they deserve for their injuries. We proudly represent clients across Maryland. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.
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