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Gastric Bypass Surgery Leaks: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Gastric bypass surgeries are being performed at record numbers throughout the United States and here in Michigan.  When performed properly, the results are fantastic for patients who tried for years to lose weight without success.  Like any surgery, though, there are significant risks to the procedure and the results are often catastrophic, including serious injuries and even death.

The most common major complication of gastric bypass surgery is the leakage of gastric (stomach) fluid or bleeding into the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). Blood or gastric fluid leaking into the peritoneum can cause infection and resultant inflammation of the peritoneum, a condition called peritonitis. The prompt diagnosis and proper treatment of peritonitis is essential. A doctor or surgeon's failure to diagnose and treat peritonitis in a timely manner may result in serious injury or wrongful death.

In many reported cases, the patient is discharged from the hospital after the surgery without a gastric fluid leak being detected.  They return home, only to become seriously ill just days after their release from the hospital.  The gastic fluid can cause significant infections which lead to damage to other organs.  As a result, many patients are forced to undergo numerous additional surgeries and procedures. We have handled cases in which a patient dies from an undiagnosed post-operative leak.

Can I file a Gastric Bypass Surgery Leak Lawsuit?


To file a gastric bypass leak lawsuit, it must be proven that the surgeon and medical staff were negligent in failing to diagnose the condition after the surgery.  This could include the surgeon, nursing staff, and even a radiologist if an x-ray or CT scan was misread.  The failure to diagnose a leak can lead to catastraphic results. 


If there was medical negligence by the medical staff,  the patient or a family member can file a lawsuit for medical malpractice. The lawsuit seeks compensation for pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.  In the event of death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for the loss of companionship of the loved one, pain and suffering of the decedent, lost income, and other damages.

Time Deadlines for Filing a Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

You should be aware that there are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice suits in Michigan.  In general, you must file your medical malpractice claim within two years of the injury or negligent medical treatment.  There are some exceptions for cases involving minors, wrongful death cases, and other situations, but you need to discuss these with a lawyer as soon as possible.  If you wait too long to contact a lawyer, your claim may be destroyed. 

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Contact Our Gastric Leak Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. Call our award winning legal team today at (888) 797-8787. We will listen to your story and determine if you are eligible to file a claim. There are strict time deadlines so it is important that you call us today.

If we accept your case, we will begin work immediately. All clients are represented under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay anything unless we are able to recover compensation for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose, so call us today!

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