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Medical negligence: Girl has multiple surgeries to save foot

Most medical professionals understand the basic concept that a person's skin is his or her best protection against infection and bacteria. Once the skin is compromised by a tear, cut or another form of breakdown, it can leave a person vulnerable to many different infections. Massachusetts patients may be interested to learn that a young girl's physicians may have suffered due to medical negligence and the lack of antibiotics after suffering a cut in her skin.

The girl was 12 when her medical ordeal began. The details are unknown to how she received a cut, but it is known that the cut was on her foot. The cut was large enough that it required seven stitches to close the wound. Despite the severity of the cut and the location on her foot, she was discharged to home without antibiotics. Reportedly, the emergency room never followed up with the patient following her discharge.

Days after her discharge, the girl developed a serious infection and was medically treated by a children's hospital. The girl endured multiple surgeries as a result of the infection but did not require an amputation. Reportedly, the girl did retain some permanent nerve damage and has accumulated more than $100,000 in medical bills. The girl's family has filed a lawsuit against the emergency room.

Unfortunately, medical negligence can result in serious pain and expense for a patient. Massachusetts patients who have suffered similar finical stress may find it comforting to learn that some patients are able to obtain compensation for documented losses through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Attorneys can advise the best method for legal recourse once the evidence in a case is reviewed.

Source:, "Neighbors ER facing two separate lawsuits", Alex Acten, April 10, 2018

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