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Texas man loses wrong kidney, files medical malpractice suit

Medical malpractice is a terrible scenario when you have put your trust in the doctors and surgeons involved in your care. Rather than help to diagnose your condition or provide proper care, things like a misdiagnosis, doctor error, or hospital negligence can ultimately create a worsened medical condition.

It is particularly frustrating and horrible for a patient to find that a surgical error has occurred.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to an unfortunate experience of medical malpractice, it is advisable to seek the advice and guidance of a legal professional. The compensation you may end up receiving may help you to cover medical bills and obtain a sense of justice.

Recently, a Texas man filed a lawsuit against his former urologist and a radiologist for malpractice and gross negligence. He has also named two medical facilities as additional defendants. The plaintiff is seeking more than $1 million in damages based on allegations that the defendants misdiagnosed his cancer and removed the wrong kidney.

After undergoing tests, the plaintiff was told that there was a potentially precancerous mass on his left kidney. However, in the aftermath of its removal, he discovered that surgeons had performed a wrong-site surgery as a result of the misdiagnosis. It was actually his right kidney that posed a cancer risk.

Since removing the cancerous part of his remaining kidney upon the recommendation of another medical professional, the plaintiff is now cancer-free but faces an uncertain future. He has limited kidney function, and risks a potential need for dialysis or a transplant and costly drug treatment.

Source: Star-Telegram, “Arlington family files malpractice suit after wrong kidney removed,” Elizabeth Campbell, June 12, 2014

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