Medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Cook County doctor over appendectomy

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A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a Cook County doctor and medical group, by a patient who claims that a 2014 procedure resulted in an infection that required additional surgery.

Raymond Simpson filed the lawsuit July 28 in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming negligence in the operation, which took place in November 2014.

According to the lawsuit, on Nov. 24, 2014, Simpson had an emergency laparoscopic appendectomy, but the doctor did not remove the entire organ, leaving a portion of the appendix measuring about three centimeters. The lawsuit claims that there was a later infection and the site ruptured on March 30, 2015, forcing the patient to undergo a second and more serious surgery.

The lawsuit alleges that professional negligence on the part of the doctor caused Simpson to suffer medical expenses, loss of a normal life, disfigurement and pain and suffering, which would have been avoided had the defendants not breached their duty to exercise due care in the first operation.

The plaintiff seeks damages of over $50,000, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The case is Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007824.

According to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year in part because of preventable medical errors, which makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

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