When an Ohio resident must undergo surgery, the idea of an error being made could be one of his or her worst fears. Surgical mistakes can easily lead to additional problems for patients that could severely impact their lives. It was recently reported that a man in another state was the victim of such an error, and he recently filed a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the surgery.

Reports indicated that the man needed surgery in order to have his gallbladder removed. During the surgery, the doctor apparently severed a bile duct and did not fix the mistake. This type of error can cause various issues, such as bile flowing into the abdomen or blocking the flow entirely. Whichever the case may be, a patient can suffer negative outcomes and/or even die as a result.

After the surgery and mistake was made, the patient did experience physical and mental distress. He also had to undergo additional surgeries in order for the problem to be remedied. As a result, the man filed a medical malpractice claim against the original surgeon and is currently seeking compensation in excess of $50,000.

Even under the best of conditions, surgeries can be risky procedures. When a doctor makes an error that could have potentially been prevented and/or repaired, the situation can seem even more distressing. Because surgical mistakes can often lead to an Ohio patient needing additional medical attention and facing further medical expenses, a negatively affected individual may wish to consider his or her options for filing a legal claim in order to seek a monetary judgment for reimbursement of damages incurred.

Source: Orland Park, IL Patch, “Man Sues Orland Park Surgeon for Medical Malpractice“, Brendan Krisel, Dec. 31, 2015