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Doctor sued for surgical error after failing to remove appendix

Severe abdominal cramps and pain will often lead individuals to the hospital emergency room. Sometimes there is no cause for concern; however, other times, it can be a sign that surgery is needed. For one New York man, he underwent an appendectomy and is now suing for a surgical error that left him with his appendix.

When one goes into surgery to have an organ removed, it is expected for the removal to take place during surgery. However, for whatever reason, this does not always happen. The 43-year-old New York man who had undergone an appendectomy in January 2013 was alarmed to find out that his appendix was still intact a little over a year later.

The man had traveled to the ER in March due to severe pain in his stomach. He then had to have an emergency surgery for his appendix to be removed. At this time, there is no clear explanation as to why the man's appendix was not removed during the initial surgery.

The man has filed a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon who failed to remove his appendix and the hospital. This surgical error caused him to unnecessarily go under the knife again. He is seeking compensation for this and general pain and suffering. Anyone who has suffered physically or emotionally due to a surgical error may benefit from filing a medical malpractice claim against the hospital or doctor who was responsible for the error. At the very least, this may hold the physician liable for negligent actions and may even result in financial remuneration for the pain and suffering that the patient had to go through due to the surgical mistake.

Source: WebProNews, "Appendix Lawsuit: Doctor Failed To Remove It", Tina Volpe, April 12, 2014

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