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Illinois man files suit after botched gallbladder surgery

A man from Cook County, Illinois, has sued a hospital and doctor for a surgical mistake that happened during a gallbladder procedure. The suit was initiated on Dec. 23, 2014, against Advocate Medical Group and the man's surgeon in Cook County Circuit Court. The primary allegation in the lawsuit is medical malpractice.

The complaint says that on Sept. 6, the claimant was supposed to receive a gallbladder removal operation. However, during the operation, the man had his common bile duct severed accidentally. Moreover, the surgeon did not change the laparoscopic procedure to an open surgery in order to fix the severed bile duct.

As a result of the error, the plaintiff says he has endured mental pain and physical pain. He was also forced to receive more surgeries. The plaintiff says that he has incurred financial damages relating to those surgeries and he will continue to suffer financial damages from future treatments. Court records indicate that the plaintiff has asked for damages in excess of $50,000, litigation costs and he has also asked that the case be decided by jury.

A medical negligence claim is an important way for Illinois residents to seek justice relating to injuries caused by a negligent doctor or medical facility. Usually, that justice takes the form of financial restitution. Although no amount of money can ever correct a permanent injury or disability caused by a medical mistake, financial remedies are the best way our court system has of making the victims of doctors' errors whole. This financial compensation can help pay for the cost of medical procedures and medical treatments required to correct the medical mistakes.

Source: Cook County Record, "Gallbladder patient accuses Advocate Medical Group of malpractice," Robert Hadley, Dec. 29, 2015

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