Every day, Floridians go to the hospital for medical operations. While some of these surgeries are quite serious and carry an inherent risk of complications, others are minor and should be completed without any difficulties. However, far too often medical professionals fail to uphold their duty of care to their patients, placing their patients at extreme risk of harm. When this happens, an unsuspecting individual can be left with serious, irreversible injuries.

Sadly, this is what happened to one Florida man after what was supposed to be a relatively routine colonoscopy. The retired Navy vet went to the hospital for the one-hour-long procedure, but was subjected to medical error. The vet, who suffered from sleep apnea, did not have his airway cleared by medical personnel, resulting in oxygen deprivation. He subsequently suffered brain damage and is now in a vegetative state. His wife and attorney claim the incident should have been prevented as the same hospital diagnosed him with sleep apnea and even conducted a sleep study on him.

Unfortunately, surgical errors like this can happen at any moment and there is no way to tell when medical malpractice will strike. Victims of hospital negligence like this can be left with not only severe physical injuries, but also emotional and financial harm. Their lives as they know them can be stripped from them in the blink of an eye.

Those who find themselves in this situation should seriously consider consulting an experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney. With knowledge of applicable law and legal strategies, an attorney can help a victim present his or her case in a way that may lead to the recovery of compensation. Though money may not make a victim truly whole again, it can go a long way toward paying for needed long-term care and punishing those responsible for the harm.

Source: First Coast News, “Routine surgery leaves Navy vet in vegetative state,” Heather Crawford, Nov. 25, 2014