Many Oregon readers may not recognize the technical term "laparoscopic cholecystectomy." Some may know it as referring to the removal of the gallbladder and gall stones. These days, it is often considered a routine operation. However, surgical errors can -- and sometimes do -- occur.
One man filed a malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon who performed his laparoscopic cholecystectomy. According to him, his gall bladder was nicked before it was removed. Gallstones were left behind in his body. In addition, he claims that he was not told that anything had gone wrong with the procedure and was sent home with instructions to see his primary physician. Court documents allege that had the doctor imaged the patient's bile duct, the stones would have been discovered.
After the surgery, the West Virginia man began suffering from severe abdominal pain. It was discovered that his bile duct was obstructed, and he underwent further surgery. It was during this procedure that the errant gall stones were found. By then, however, the damage was extensive; several other procedures were required. He now seeks to recover monetary damages such as medical costs, lost income and loss of enjoyment of life, among others.
Surgical errors often result in additional medical care, possibly even including more surgeries, in order to correct them. Filing a medical malpractice claim seeking restitution for the financial fallout that often occurs under these circumstances may be appropriate. If negligence is proved by the submission of appropriate evidence, a malpractice victim could receive the resources needed for current and future medical needs, as well as recover other documented financial losses.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Putnam County man alleges negligence in suit against doctor", Mark Trammell, Sept. 15, 2015