Complications may be a part of any surgery. With a surgery as serious as a liver transplant, the complications may be life-threatening. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a liver transplant surgeon at a local hospital resorted to dubious practices, using livers from questionable donors. It was reported that the physician performed transplants on patients who may not have needed or been eligible for them.
At Biancheria & Maliver P.C., in Pittsburgh, we keep up to date with these stories and strongly believe hospitals and staff MUST be held accountable when these errors occur. If this is an issue that has affected you, contact us today to discuss your situation during a free case evaluation and analysis.
This news article indicated the doctor harvested partial livers from living donors to use on persons who may not have actually needed transplants, placing both donors and recipients at risk for serious complications. The hospital reportedly was made aware of this physician's questionable practices some years before he was actually dismissed. While they eventually took action, the long delay in doing so and the number of persons who reportedly suffered in the meantime raise continuing questions about the inability or unwillingness of our medical system to effectively look out for patients.
How Malpractice Often Occurs In Transplants
Generally, complications that may have resulted from unnecessary or poorly done transplant procedures include severe bleeding, neurologic injury, respiratory injury, death on the operating room table, bile leaks, bile duct strictures, infections, rejection, chronic pain and adhesions, and the need for long-term transplant rejection drugs that would have otherwise been unnecessary.
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Attorney Deborah Maliver was a practicing physician before she went to law school, and she has the ability to evaluate the details of any medical malpractice claim and knows what experts to call to get answers.
For a free consultation about your claim for surgical negligence, contact a medical malpractice lawyer today at Biancheria & Maliver P.C., in Pittsburgh.