Bastrop, TX- A surgical mistake can have devastating consequences for anyone, but for a patient with cancer, an error on the operating table has life-changing effects and often makes a patient’s medical problems worse. A Texas woman knows the suffering caused by a surgical mistake.
Texas Surgeon Accused of Medical Malpractice
Last November, a 63-year-old Alvarado, Texas woman underwent surgery to have a cancerous tumor removed from an adrenal gland near one of her kidneys. Instead of operating on the tumor, the woman’s surgeon, who was using a robotic assistant, removed roughly forty percent of her pancreas, the Star-Telegram reports.
In late September, nearly a year after her ordeal began, the woman filed a medical malpractice suit against the doctor that performed her surgery and Texas Oncology. The lawsuit alleges the surgeon’s mistake has caused her additional medical problems and has made it impossible for doctors to treat her cancer.
According to the Star-Telegram reports that patient has undergone 27 surgeries on her pancreas since last November. She also developed Type I diabetes because of the damage her pancreas has suffered. She is such bad shape that the doctors can’t even address her cancer which could potentially get worse.
The lawsuit seeks $1 million in medical malpractice damages.
Do Surgeons Make Mistakes Often?
A 2012 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that surgical mistakes cause thousands of unnecessary injuries. Some of the more common mistakes included leaving medical equipment such as sponges and surgical tools inside patients. In the past ten years, the researchers identified approximately 10,000 of these events over the past decade. They found that on average, cotton balls, sponges, and gauze are left inside a patient’s body 39 times a week, and doctors operated on the wrong organ approximately 20 times per week, Live Science reports.
Surgical mistakes, like the ones mentioned above, are more common when multiple medical teams operate on a single patient or if the patient is obese. They also occur when nurses don’t feel comfortable speaking up when they notice a mistake.
Speak to a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Bastrop
You can take legal action if you are injured by a negligent surgeon, hospital, or another medical practitioner. Let USAttorneys.com connect you with a medical malpractice lawyer in Bastrop who will help you recover compensation. Without legal counsel, you could be denied the full amount of compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
A surgical mistake can put a halt to your life. Your health is gone, your mental well-being is at risk, and you could lose your livelihood. A medical negligence lawyer will make sure you are compensated by the negligent party or parties. Call and arrange a case evaluation as soon as you are able.