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$1 million recovery for family of woman killed by gastric bypass malpractice

With a large percentage of Americans overweight, many people consider gastric bypass surgery.  Many physicians favor this treatment as a way to make drastic body mass reductions, particularly for patients who are considered morbidly obese and have or are at risk for severe complications like diabetes and heart disease. Bariatric surgery has become a frequent procedure to consider for many people who are morbidly obese.

But not all patients are good candidates for weight reduction surgery. Nor are all doctors skilled in performing the procedures, which by some calculations have a very high mortality rate (about 1%).

Having litigated numerous bariatric surgery (weight loss) cases, John Leighton is often sought out by lawyers throughout the country to handle these complex medical malpractice cases. In one case, Mr. was hired by a Texas family after their mother and wife was killed following a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass bariatric surgery.

Mr. Leighton obtained a $1,000,000 confidential settlement against a Houston hospital, physician and weight loss business after our client’s wife died following the weight loss surgery.  This wife and mother suffered bleeding following the surgery.  The hospital and physicians failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of bleeding; by the time they reacted, it was too late and she died.  The weight loss business was funded by the hospital, and advertised heavily in the mass media. Mr. Leighton teamed up with Texas trial lawyer Steven C. Laird to obtain this recovery.

 

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