Unnecessary Surgery Lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio February 8, 2017.
If your doctor fails to try more conservative measures to treat your medical condition before resorting to surgery, and you suffer serious and debilitating injuries or nerve damage as a result, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
For instance, patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery face serious risks, including infection, pulmonary embolism, and death. If a doctor neglects to suggest changing your diet and exercising before operating, he or she may be held liable for any injuries the patient suffers during the procedure.
Likewise, time, exercise, and therapy will sometimes heal a patient’s back. But an unscrupulous doctor may recommend unnecessary surgery without discussing those options.
Unnecessary Surgery in the News
March 23, 2014, argusleader.com reported that Dr. Allen Sossan operated on one patient more than a dozen times after convincing her that another operation would alleviate the pain she still suffered after back surgery.
"She had two additional back surgeries within a month," the site stated. "Then another in May and another in July when she was opened up from the front. Infections developed in her spine. The surgeries caused a hernia, which required more surgery, which created additional complications."
That same patient was also scheduled to undergo carpal tunnel surgery, and Sossan had already operated on her other wrist. She hadn’t suffered any symptoms to necessitate the operation, but Sossan had told her she needed it, so she trusted him and scheduled it.
Compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact they’ve had on your life. In some cases, a patient may need additional operations to correct something that was done during the unnecessary surgery. A malpractice claim may recover these expenses. An attorney may also be able to help you pursue non-economic damages may address pain and suffering, mental anguish, reduced quality of life, and more.
If you underwent unnecessary surgery, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. You may also request Chris’s free guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.