$14 million awarded to woman in medical malpractice lawsuit after gastric bypass surgery


Where did the incident take place?
On February 1, 2010, Kate Parker underwent bariatric surgery at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Who was involved in the incident?

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital- facility where surgery was performed and where Kate was treated after the surgery. Also where her subsequent surgeries were performed due to Defendants’ negligence during the bariatric surgery.

Dr. Jeffrey Rosen- surgeon

Dr. Allen Mikhail- surgeon

LifeWeigh Bariatric- Dr. Rosen and Dr. Mikhail’s corporation

What was the cause?

Dr. Mikhail and Dr. Rosen- failed to appreciate the potency of the blood thinner Kate was on, Arixtra, prior to her bariatric surgery. They proceeded with the surgery even though the Arixtra was still in Kate’s system. They also gave her even more antithrombolytics in the form of Heparin injections, all of which caused Kate’s bleeding complications in the days following her surgery. They also failed to appreciate the bleeding complications that occurred because of the administration of the two medications and failed to timely treat the complications. These post-surgical bleeding complications resulted in an emergent need for Kate to return to surgery two more times.

Advocate and its nurses- negligent post-operative care of Kate and failure to follow post-operative orders. Negligently ran the Code that was called for Kate’s cardiac event after the initial surgery. Dr. Rosen and Advocate’s nursing staff failed to properly and timely treat Kate’s hyperkalemia, causing Kate to go into cardiac arrest, which resulted in Kate’s anoxic brain injury.

Who do you feel is at fault?

Advocate and its nurses; Dr. Mikhail and Dr. Rosen (and their employer/company- LifeWeigh Bariatric)

What did Kenneth J. Allen Law Group do to prepare for this case?

Consulted with experts in several different areas of medicine to establish what caused Kate’s bleeding complications and ultimate brain injury, what the standard of care required during the course of Kate’s treatment pre and post op, and how the defendants deviated from the standard of care. Also consulted with an expert to develop a life care plan to show the jury what care Kate would require for the remainder of her life and what that care would cost.

Any other pertinent information you’d prefer to share?

Click here to read the NWI times story on this case


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