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Surgical errors: wrong kidney removed from Fort Worth man

| Jun 18, 2014 | Surgical Errors

Houston residents who undergo surgery put trust in their surgeon and other medical professionals that the surgery will be as successful as is humanly possible. Surgical errors do occur and can cause major trauma to the patient and his family.

A Fort Worth man is suing his urologist and radiologist for $1 million dollars because he claims they removed the wrong kidney. The man underwent surgery because he had cancer on one of his kidneys. The pathology report was misread resulting in his healthy kidney being removed. A portion of the cancerous kidney has also been removed because of the cancer resulting in a limited kidney function. He is worried that he will now have to undergo dialysis, have expensive prescriptions or even need a kidney transplant because of the error.

When a patient undergoes negligence during surgery, the patient and their family is left wondering how it ever happened. Wrong-site surgery or removing a wrong organ is a negligent activity that is incredibly hard to imagine. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help these patients by investigating the circumstances surrounding the surgery. They can determine what happened and who is to blame for the negligence. These medical professionals should be held accountable for their actions, so that they do not harm anyone else. Compensation is available for these families for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages and other damages.

Surgical errors in Houston do occur and can cause unexpected consequences in families, including both medical and financial. Holding negligent medical professionals accountable can help these families recover damages for their nightmarish situation.

Source: KPRC Houston, “Texas man says surgeons removed wrong kidney,” June 12, 2014

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