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Lawsuit alleges medical malpractice led to NJ woman's death

Many medical operations are risky. Those involving the heart, the removal of certain cancers, and those that are performed under emergency situations can all pose the risk of serious injury or death. However, even seemingly minor surgeries with little or no risk can pose a threat of harm. When this happens, victims and their families can be left with significant damages, both economical and non-economical in nature.

One New Jersey man is suffering from these losses after he lost his wife to what he claims was medical malpractice. The victim, a 33-year-old woman, died after undergoing a tummy tuck and liposuction. The victim's husband claims that the doctors and medical staff at the medical center where the operations occurred failed to recognize signs of a serious medical condition and, therefore, failed to perform proper testing and adequately treat her. In fact, the husband contends that even though his wife returned to the doctor on two separate occasions complaining of severe pain, she was merely given an antibiotic on the first appointment and then had fluid drained on the second.

Shortly thereafter, though, the woman presented at the emergency room with soft-tissue infection in both of her arms where the liposuction had occurred. As medical personnel attempted to drain fluid from her arm, the victim went into septic shock. She was then put on a ventilator and other life-supporting devices. However, she went into cardiac arrest and died.

The doctor who performed the tummy tuck and liposuction denies that the woman died as a result of negligence. Instead, he says that she suffered from a very rare flesh-eating bacteria, a medical condition that even the CDC claims is extremely difficult to diagnose.

This sets the stage for what is sure to be a highly contested medical malpractice case. Although the plaintiff hopes to recover compensation for his damages, he will need to be sure to put forth strong legal evidence that convinces a jury to impose liability. Others who are similarly situated should also be prepared to do so in an aggressive fashion.

Source: NJ.com, "Mom of 3 died after botched liposuction surgery, husband says in suit," Anthony G. Attrino, May 3, 2017

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