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Even routine surgical procedures can cause serious injury

Surgery can be scary, even when the operation is a relatively routine procedure. Unfortunately, even with relatively routine procedures mistakes can happen. And, like with any other medical mistake, patients who experience pain and suffering or serious injury as the result of medical negligence or preventable surgical errors have the right to seek compensations. Maryland readers may find the following on a patient who recently filed a medical malpractice suit following a routine surgery interesting.

A woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a surgeon and the Marshall University Board of Governors in West Virginia following a gallbladder surgery gone wrong. According to the complainant, the woman underwent surgery in August 2011 to have her gallbladder removed but continued to suffer severe abdominal pain following the procedure. After several follow up visits to the surgeon and a brief admission to the hospital the woman was finally diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis.

The lawsuit further states that in September 2011 after seeking treatment at a different facility, surgeons discovered that a segment of the woman's gallbladder with gallstones was still inside her body despite the prior surgery. Due to the unfortunate medical error and the failure of the surgeon to properly diagnose the symptoms after the fact, the woman suffered severe and unnecessary pain and suffering for over a month and had to undergo yet another surgery. She is now seeking damages in court.

Medical malpractice is a serious legal matter that should never be ignored. In most cases pushing surgical error or any other medical error aside simply increases the likelihood that they will occur again, and this time the results could be fatal. Instead, whenever a question arises about the possibility of injury or harm due to medical negligence patients should explore their legal rights. While not every medical injury is the result of malpractice, when it is seeking compensation is key to recovery.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Marshall Board of Governors named in medical malpractice suit," Annie Cosby, April 13, 2014

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