The Madison County Record reports that a man and his wife have claimed that a urologist removed the man’s kidney unnecessarily during surgery. The two filed the lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against an Illinois doctor and the Urology Consultants. The doctor had negligently performed a radical nephrectomy on the victim. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the doctor should have attempted to perform an exploratory surgery or a partial nephrectomy. Instead, the doctor performed a surgery that fully removed the kidney.
As a result of this surgery, the medical malpractice victim is suffering permanent pain, mental anguish and disfigurement. He is also claiming economic losses of medical costs and lost wages. He also believes that he is prevented from attending to the usual duties and affairs of life. His wife is filing suit claiming that she lost her husband’s love, companionship, consortium and support because of the medical negligence. The victim is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000. To read more about this Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit, please click this link.
According to Answers.com, radical nephrectomy involves removing the entire kidney, a section of the tube leading to the bladder, the gland that sits atop the kidney and the fatty tissue surrounding the kidney. On the other hand in a partial nephrectomy, only the diseased or infected portion of the kidney is removed. In this case, the medical malpractice victim would have benefited from a closer examination to determine which procedure was right for him. If you believe that you or a loved one suffered serious harms as a result of a medical provider’s mistakes, consult a Chicago medical malpractice attorney to discuss your potential claim and legal options.