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Woman seeks award for surgical error

A mistake during surgery has left one woman suffering from the effects. The individual suffered a cut to her rectum during a laparoscopic surgery to treat her endometriosis. She is seeking awards for her economic and non-economic damages due to the surgical error. Although the incident did not occur in Rhode Island, local individuals may be interested to learn of her story and perhaps compare it to their own experience. 

The surgery occurred in 2015. The woman was diagnosed with endometriosis after complaining to her doctor of pelvic pain. She was scheduled to receive a surgery using a specialized robot and laparoscopic techniques. During the surgery, the physician cut into her rectum instead of performing the correct partial vaginectomy. 

As a result of the erroneous cut, the woman had to endure additional corrective surgeries. She now suffers from extreme bowel urgency and other negative side effects. The woman has filed a $6 million lawsuit in her home state of Oregon, seeking compensation for her medical expenses and lost ability to earn wages, as well as compensation for her pain and suffering. 

It was noted that, in her state, there are caps in place for the amount one can receive for non-economic damages. Since this can vary from state to state, individuals in Rhode Island who face similar complications due to surgical error may need to check on the specific guidelines for their state. Many people who choose to file suit for medical negligence choose to do so with the aid of a knowledgeable attorney. 

Source:, "Eugene woman files $6 million medical malpractice suit against local physician", Jack Moran, Oct. 20, 2017

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