No patient should have to be subjected to surgical negligence. Such negligence can cause a great deal of harm to patients. Sadly, surgical negligence can sometimes even have fatal results. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to make sure to not commit negligence while providing surgical care to patients.

Recently, a case has arisen in Illinois involving allegations of surgery-related negligence. The case involves a woman who reportedly underwent a surgical procedure on May 26, 2011. The surgical procedure in question was a hemicolectomy. The woman reportedly died a couple of weeks after the surgery.

The woman’s estate claims that the doctor who performed this surgery committed several acts of negligence over the course of providing the woman with surgical care, including injuring the woman’s pancreas and failing to detect this injury in a timely manner. According to the woman’s estate, the woman’s death was the result of this alleged surgical negligence.

According to the WLDS-WEAI article which reported this story, a medical malpractice lawsuit has been brought by the woman’s estate in a court in Illinois in connection to the above allegations of surgical negligence. The lawsuit names a surgical practice and the above-mentioned doctor as defendants. Reportedly, damages are being sought in this lawsuit.

As the allegations in this case underscore, surgical negligence can be very harmful and can sometimes lead to a patient’s death. Consequently, one hopes that medical professionals are held accountable when they commit negligence like that alleged in the case discussed above.

Source: WLDS-WEAI, “Passavant surgeon named in lawsuit,” Nick Kovatch, May 22, 2012