Earlier this month the Quad City Times shared the story of an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer that has filed suit on behalf of a patient who was blinded after a back surgery. The victim sought representation to file the medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon who performed the operation, ORA Joint & Bone Centers, and Trinity Regional Health System.
According to reports, the victim had back surgery last May. The surgery was prompted by a back injury that the man incurred while at work for Union Pacific Railroad. The lumbar spine surgery involved the extraction of some bone material by the surgeon. The patient, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, was placed on his stomach and face during the procedure. The surgery was originally scheduled to last two and half hours. However, the operation went over-totaling over four hours and ten minutes. Even with the length of the operation, the surgeon wrote that there were no complications in his post-surgical report.
However, following the operation, the victim was found to have dangerously low blood pressure, and had swelling around his eyes and face. The unsuspecting patient also could not move his upper extremities and was blind after the operation. The blindness has subsequently been determined permanent. The man’s size and diabetes placed him a high risk for complications, necessitating changes in procedure to guard against them. However, the medical professionals failed to take those precautions.
Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti sympathize with the injured victim in this case. Far too often patients leave surgery with unexpected complications that should have been prevented. Worse, many doctors fail to take responsibility for the surgical mistakes made. It is important for those innocent victims to find an Illinois injury lawyer to fight for their rights.
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