Bariatric Surgery Lawsuits in Fort Lauderdale
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When a person weighs 20% or more than their ideal body weight, they are
considered obese. When a person is overweight and they are at high risk
for serious disease or detrimental health conditions, they are considered
morbidly obese. A person can also be considered morbidly obese, if they
have a body mass index of 40 or more, or are 100 pounds or heavier than
their ideal body weight.
According to statistics, over a third of the United States’ population
is considered obese or overweight. Out of this total, up to 10 million
Americans are considered morbidly obese. Because excessive weight-related
issues can pose serious risks and threats to a person’s life,
many obese and morbidly obese persons undergo bariatric procedures, such
as the following:
- Gastric banding
- Gastric bypass
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Common Errors Before and After Bariatric Procedures
Many bariatric procedures are considered invasive, regardless of whether
or not they are considered minimally invasive. As a result, errors made
during bariatric procedures can cause a patient to suffer serious injuries
or, in the worst cases, death.
Most medical errors that occur during bariatric procedures can be placed
in the following two categories:
Errors that occur after surgery:
A person who underwent gastric bypass surgery develops an intestinal blockage
after the procedure. This condition leads the person to suffer serious
gastric complications or aspiration, a condition that occurs when the
contents of the stomach appear in the lungs. Both of these conditions
can lead to death if a patient does not receive medical care right away.
Errors that occur during the procedure:
Example: A surgeon performing a gastric bypass does not ensure the intestines are
completely closed and reattached correctly. As a result, the operation
leaks into the patient’s abdomen. If the patient does not receive
immediate medical attention, the patient can die.
Kelley/Uustal Recovered $1.5 Million for a Patient’s Family
After undergoing a bariatric procedure, a woman experienced intestinal
blockage. Due to this blockage, every food or drink item the woman consumed
accumulated in her stomach and small intestine instead of passing through
her digestive tract. The bariatric surgeon could have inserted a naso-gastric
tube that would pass through her nose and down to her stomach to drain
the contents within. However, the surgeon failed to do so. After a few
days, while she was undergoing a second procedure to remove the obstruction,
she vomited liters of fluid into the lungs and died of aspiration.
Her family immediately contacted our firm.
Our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyers recovered $1.5 million
for the woman’s children from the doctor and hospital.
Our Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Fight for You
If you have been
harmed during a bariatric surgery or any other medical procedure, call our medical malpractice lawyers in Fort Lauderdale right away! We
can look into your case and determine which healthcare professional should
be held responsible for your injuries or loss. At Kelley/Uustal, we understand
the emotional damages and stresses an entire family can suffer when a
loved one has been harmed. That is why we are ready to fight for you.
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