Woman Sustains Permanent Brain & Nerve Damage After Surgery
A wife and mother of 3 was hospitalized for several months after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. When doctors failed to diagnose her thiamine deficiency in time, she suffered permanent brain and nerve damage, leaving her with ataxia, impaired vision and speech, and unable to walk. She must also live with Wernicke’s Encephalopathy for the rest of her life. On the 4th day of trial, our legal team at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. was able to secure the settlement our client deserves. We are incredibly honored to have represented our client, a nurse, who displayed immense strength in her testimony.
On a larger scale, this negligence problem persists for millions of patients across the country. Studies show the meteoric rise in malpractice claims from patients suffering from Wernicke’s Encephalopathy following bariatric surgery. With proper risk management, healthcare professionals and surgeons can prevent the catastrophic and devastating consequences of thiamine, or vitamin B1, deficiency. If not for the insufficient monitoring or inadequate treatment of patients, these lifelong consequences can be avoided.