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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:
    • Example: 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.

Fill out a consultation form online or contact our team at Kelley/Uustal today! We are backed by more than 200 years of collective experience.

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