An Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit was recently filed by the wife of a man who died after having emergency exploratory surgery following hernia repair surgery. The wife’s medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the defendants negligently failed to diagnose and treat her husband’s bowel leakage after his hernia surgery, which led to his death.
The medical malpractice plaintiff alleges in her medical negligence lawsuit filed against three doctors and various other health care providers that her husband had laparoscopic incisional hernia repair surgery performed at the defendant hospital on January 30, 2015. After the surgery, the man complained that he was unable to urinate, after which a catheter was inserted. The next day, the man continued to complain that he could not urinate and that his abdomen was distended. He also stated that had nausea and had vomited during the night. Despite his complaints and difficulties, the defendant doctor discharged him from the defendant hospital, with the Foley catheter still in place.
On February 4, 2015, the man was seen by another of the defendant doctors, complaining of significant pain, nausea, difficulty urinating (urinary retention), and continuing abdominal distention. The defendant doctor reassured the man and his wife at that time and took no further action.
The following day, the man went to a hospital emergency room, complaining that he was having abdominal pain. He was found to be hypotensive and had tachycardia. A CT scan found gas and fluid collecting in his pelvis and abdomen, which suggested the potential of a bowel leak and/or abscess, according to the widow’s medical malpractice lawsuit. While in the hospital, the third defendant doctor (a surgeon) was consulted but did not recommend or perform emergency surgery at that time.
The next day, the defendant surgeon transferred the man to the hospital where the original hernia repair surgery had taken place. The original surgeon performed an exploratory laparotomy with abdominal washout, repair of a small bowel enterotomy, removal and explant of synthetic abdominal wall mesh and placement of biologic Strattice mesh, according to the Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit. Nonetheless, the man died three days later.
The man’s widow filed her medical malpractice lawsuit containing sixteen counts on July 10, 2015, alleging medical malpractice wrongful death and survival actions and seeking compensatory damages in excess of $800,000 ($50,000 per count).
While an injury to the bowel is a known risk of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery, a bowel injury during surgery may nonetheless be due to medical negligence, and/or there may be medical negligence involving a delay in diagnosis of the bowel injury and/or delay in properly treating the bowel injury.
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