A 29-year-old Florida woman undergoing the removal of cysts from her head was recently the victim of a potentially grave case of medical malpractice. While undergoing surgery, she experienced severe burns that remain unexplained. The second-degree burns were obtained while she was unconscious during the cyst removal surgery at the North Okaloosa Medical Center and were probably the result of medical malpractice.

Although the Florida medical center has reportedly released a statement of apology and expressed regret at what the victim has endured, it did not reveal the cause of the blaze that resulted in the burns. That they responded immediately to the fire eruption is likely of little comfort to the victim, whose burns covered both her face. She was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Burn Unit. The victim’s mother also shared her anger at the hospital staff and of the secrecy surrounding the cause of the burns.

While the specifics of how the burns occurred is not yet clear, the evidence all suggests that some type of medical negligence was involved in the incident. Some professionals indicate that tools used by hospitals have the potential to cause a fire to occur. Medical professionals must use these devices with reasonable competence in order to avoid injuries such as those suffered by the Florida women in this case.

The medical center has expressed that they hope the injuries that occurred will help to stop future accidents, though how or why that might happen was not divulged. This, too, is likely little comfort to the victim as she copes with the burns. A personal injury lawyer who is intimately familiar with medical malpractice law and procedure may be able to help the woman get justice for her suffering and recover compensation for injuries occasioned by medical negligence.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Woman’s Face Catches On Fire During Routine Surgery,” Laura Hibbard, Dec. 2, 2011