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Victim pursues medical malpractice claim after loss of legs

As most people who have gone under the knife might acknowledge, going to the hospital for surgery can be an unnerving experience. While the majority of California patients come out safe and sound, even a seemingly minor mistake made during surgery can result in serious and life-long implications. One patient who recently underwent surgery is now pursuing a medical malpractice claim against a surgeon that he believes caused his injury.

In an effort to lose weight, the patient was undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure at the Kim Bariatric Institute. This type of operation helps patients shed unwanted pounds by making the stomach smaller, so that the patient can only eat a small amount at a time. Unfortunately, during his operation in 2013, he says that his aorta was severed, triggering a series of serious incidents.

After losing a significant amount of blood, he was transferred to another hospital for treatment. There, he claims that attending healthcare providers did not diagnose him in a timely manner. Because of this, he slipped into organ failure. While he ultimately survived, he did not make it out of the ordeal unscathed. The victim suffered the loss of both of his legs, which were amputated at the knees.

Learning to live with serious and life-altering injury from a surgical error can be more than just physically painful -- it can also be an emotionally difficult period of time. California patients who have been harmed after placing their trust in the hands of healthcare professionals may feel powerless after suffering an injury, but victims retain the right to seek justice and compensation through a medical malpractice claim. If navigated to a successful conclusion, victims may be awarded recourse for medical bills or other damages related to the incident.

Source:, "Man claims medical errors led to leg amputations", Nov. 19, 2014

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