Atlanta, GA asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: I have a question about medicall malpractice. I had fluid removed from my knee. The Dr did not use an alcohol swab.

The Dr removed 12 cc of clear liquid, my leg did not hurt me it was a fluid pocket. I noticed he didn't use s swab but I thought maybe it was a new type of syringe. 2 days later I was in pain, and knee was huge. I called the Dr and he said, weekend go to the emergency room. I did and monday when I went back to him on they drew 50 cc of bad infection. He told me I had gout. Sent me home. The next night I had to go to er again. The following morning the hospital I went to, called me, and told me to put my shoes on and go to nearest hospital. I was in horrible pain and do not remember much from my hospital stay. I had mrsa and had become septic. I spentb 9 days in hospital, had surgery and was admitted to lakeshore rehab to help me walk. I still cannot walk without some kind of assistance. My knee is ruined, my life has forever changed. Not only did he not use an alcohol swab. He didn't see that i had mrsa the following Monday afterwards. My first appt was on a wed..

1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: You have a potential medical malpractice case. The first issue is, did the doctor act below the standard of care. While this generally must be testified to by another doctor, it appears clear, here, that a shot without skin cleaning is below the standard of care. The next question that must be shown by doctor testimony, is that the malpractice caused the infection. Finally, the current damages must be shown to be from the malpractice. The one area I see that may be contested is providing the doctor did not clean the skin.

Consult with experienced medical malpractice attorneys in the State where this occurred.

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