Todd Wogan, 52, experienced an illness that led to his hospitalization in 2012. Doctors at Butler Memorial Hospital diagnosed Wogan with colovesical fistula, or an abnormal connection between the colon and bladder. He received reparative surgery to fix the connection and a follow-up procedure that removed several inches from Wogan’s colon.
Following his surgeries, Wogan experienced abdominal pain and eventually readmitted into Butler Memorial Hospital. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, doctors waited more than 12 hours to inform Wogan’s surgeon of his condition. They discovered fluids were leaking into Wogan’s abdomen from his surgically repaired colon.
Wogan was taken to another hospital in Pittsburgh to receive several surgeries to remove the fluids from his abdomen and clean up any other infections. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, his life was saved, but Wogan suffered from sepsis, resulting in poor circulation, gangrene, and septic shock. Wogan ended up losing his legs from the middle of his calf, left thumb, and part of his left index finger.
The jury did not find Wogan’s doctor negligent, but they decided that the hospital was at fault for not reporting Wogan’s dire situation to his doctor. Jurors found the Butler Health System 100 percent liable, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
According to the American Medical Association, medical malpractice leads to 225,000 deaths every year. It also leads to countless injuries, which can leave survivors with debilitating, life-altering conditions. Medical malpractice claims can help injured victims and their families recover damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, and even pain and suffering.
Common types of medical malpractice include: