Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Electrosurgical Burns

Woman files medical malpractice lawsuit over electrosurgical burnsA Michigan woman was recently allowed to proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit that alleges negligence on the part of a doctor and a hospital during a hysterectomy procedure.

Kimberly Rode had allegedly woken up from her 2005 hysterectomy to discover a burn on her right forearm, which nurses allegedly later described as a two-square-inch open blister, Outpatient Surgery Magazine reports. She claims the nurse further speculated that the burn might have resulted from surgical staff failing to place a grounding pad on Rode's leg. Such a device would reportedly have protected her from electrosurgical burns.

Rode accuses Hurley Medical Center and the surgeon who performed the procedure of "ordinary negligence" in the medical malpractice lawsuit, and claims that staff should have monitored all electrical equipment so as to ensure that she would not sustain injuries not directly associated with the hysterectomy procedure.

A lower court had previously dismissed Rode's suit, but an appeals court has recently allowed the medical malpractice lawsuit to proceed.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a hysterectomy involves the partial or total removal of a woman's uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is often performed to treat cancer, fibroids, endometriosis and other serious medical conditions.