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Medical malpractice suit filed after alleged surgical error

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Aug 13, 2015 5:31:34 PM

When New York residents go to the hospital because they are in pain, they expect to be treated quickly and properly. They expect doctors to conduct full examinations to the extent that is necessary to obtain proper diagnoses. It is then expected that the doctors and the hospital will provide the necessary treatments for their conditions. Unfortunately, this does not always occur and can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit, as it has in another state.

A man, along with his wife, is suing a hospital and two of its doctors in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The man says that he went to the hospital in December of 2013 for pain in his upper quadrant. An ultrasound was performed, which showed that he had a gallstone.

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed at the end of December in order to remove the gallbladder. However, this surgery failed as a result of alleged abdominal adhesions. Because of the unsuccessful surgery, the man's condition continued to deteriorate. A CT scan was taken, which showed that the man had a perforation in his small intestine, and a second surgery was performed a week after the first.

In the lawsuit, the man and his wife are alleging that the two doctors failed to take further and adequate action after the CT scan showed the hole in his small intestine, which had reportedly occurred during the initial surgery performed. At some point in time, it was determined that the hole in his small intestine was still present following the second surgery, when it should have been repaired. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants acted negligently causing him to suffer an irreparable and permanent injury.

Perforation is a known risk for numerous surgical procedures. If it is a risk for a procedure that New York resident is about to undergo, the doctor is at liberty to inform him or her of such risk. In some cases, the hole can occur as a result of improper surgical technique or other forms of medical malpractice. When a perforation occurs, it is important that it is repaired immediately to avoid life-threatening complications. For individuals who have suffered a perforation or any complication related to medical malpractice, it is possible to take legal action and seek compensatory compensation for the injuries suffered.

Source:, "Patient alleges botched surgery", Rosanna Turner, July 27, 2015

Topics: Medical Malpractice


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