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Physicians for high-risk patients face malpractice claims

When undergoing any medical procedure, there is an understandable risk that may increase based on a patient’s individual circumstances. Some conditions, such as smoking, heart disease or blood clotting ailments may create an added level of difficulty for physicians treating those patients. One well-known specialist is facing several medical malpractice lawsuits from patients among his very high-risk clientele.

New York viewers of reality TV may recognize Dr. Younan Nowzaradan from “My 600-lb Life.” The show follows the progress of morbidly overweight patients seeking a new chance at life through weight-loss surgery. In many cases, the patients have lost hope of ever having a normal life because their size often prevents them from participating in even the simplest activities. Several of those patients have subsequently filed lawsuits against the doctor.

The latest claim involves a patient who underwent surgery for the removal of an umbilical hernia, a common condition in obese patients. She claims the doctor left drainage tubes inside her for weeks instead of days and that she was forced to wear a hernia girdle for two years. The results were deformity in her abdomen and pain that made it difficult to move.

A doctor facing such accusations may have a challenge building an adequate defense. For example, it will be important to know if the patient properly followed all post-surgical instructions and to understand the medical reasons for the choices the doctor made. With the help of a dedicated defense attorney, New York physicians in similar situations will have an improved chance of vindication.

Source: inquisitr.com, “‘My 600-Lb Life’ Doctor Has Been Sued For Botching Surgery, Per Multiple Reports“, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo, March 26, 2018

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