Memphis, TN asked in Medical Malpractice for Tennessee

Q: My neice went for a tonsil and adenoids removal surgery and the doctors ended up cutting her carotid artery can we sue.

They stated it was a vessel and tried telling my wife it was such and that they patched the vessel until she bled out profusely My wife goes to tell them that's no vessel that's a artery bleeding like that she also told them my neice wasn't herself a day or two after the surgery and nothing was done she bled out 4 or 5 times while no test were run for bleeding her doctor did not arrive until like the 4th bled out which almost costed her her life.She also has nerve damage now that we recognize that she did not have previously and the doctor stated it may be from her autism which she wasn't autistic at all and risk of stroke due to the blocking off the artery they found a foreign object in her colon that was left in her since the surgery was done we have pics as well her surgery took place at Hospital on April 12,2021 and she is still in icu needing more surgery's cause of the foreign object and will need a feeding tube can we sue for medical malpractice/ Neglect.

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2 Lawyer Answers
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: What you are describing sounds like medical negligence. To determine if your niece should go forward with a claim we or any firm would want to review medical records. I am so sorry for what your niece is going through.

Larry V. Roberts agrees with this answer

Larry V. Roberts
Larry V. Roberts
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Kingsport, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: First, I’m sorry to hear about what’s going on. I can only imagine the worry you’re going through.

The common carotid artery, which supplies oxygenated blood to the head and neck, divide in the neck where it forms the internal and external carotid arteries.

The preliminary research I’ve done suggests the surgeon may have a duty to before surgery, use radiographic imaging to determine the location of the carotid artery branches so to avoid them during surgery. So, your niece may have a case against the surgeon.

If your niece has permanent injury that requires future medical care or treatment, that is another element of damages. There is no cap ion that amount in Tennessee.

Your family should immediately consult with an experienced Tennessee malpractice lawyer. That lawyer should then have the case evaluated by a surgeon willing to serve as an expert witness.

That expert will then determine if the surgeon for your niece was negligent. If the surgeon was negligence, the full extent of injuries and total amount of medical bills, past and future, that may be recovered, will be determined by that expert.

In summary, your niece may have a valid legitimate case that should be investigated.

I wish you and your family the best during this obviously difficult time.


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