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Amputated Leg Tossed into Garbage at Doctors’ Hospital

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article20049624.html

Doctors command more respect than perhaps any other profession in society. Combined with the laws that protect them from lawsuits in Florida, suing a doctor can be difficult and unduly expensive. And this is largely by design. Obviously, though, doctors – and the hospitals they work in – make mistakes.

Mistakes made by medical providers can be devastating. And sometimes, accurately or not, they’re characterized as “outrageous and beyond all bounds of human decency … and utterly intolerable in civilized society.” 

Some may view the lawsuit above as frivolous because the victim didn’t even know he had been “victimized” until he was told that his leg had been found. On the other hand, it is often difficult to comprehend the embarrassment and challenges that one must cope with after a serious injury such as an amputation.

Surely the investigation and the hospital’s inadequate response added the proverbial insult to the injury in a way that it is difficult to fathom for non-victims. We can be sure, though, that if nothing else, the victim’s suit will force the hospital to reevaluate its procedures for disposing waste so this is less likely to happen in the future.

 

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