Sommers Schwartz attorney Kenneth Watkins filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of a man forced to have his leg amputated due to the gangrene and muscle necrosis following vascular bypass surgery. According to the complaint, the plaintiff underwent a popliteal artery bypass in April 2015. In the two months after the operation, hematomas developed and he experienced pain, numbness, calf and foot coolness, and decreased motion in his toes. An angiogram revealed that the superficial femoral artery was almost completely occluded, and a repeat graft insertion was done. The plaintiff continued to have pain and swelling in his lower extremity, and he was readmitted to the defendant hospital in August 2015. During his hospitalization, he developed bleeding that went unnoticed and resulted in compartment syndrome, prompting emergency surgery. His condition worsened, and the plaintiff lost sensation from the knee down with loss of motion in his foot and infection throughout. Ultimately, his leg was deemed unsalvageable and an above-the-knee amputation was performed. The plaintiff claims that, had a vein graft been done instead of the PFTE bypass, and had he received appropriate post-operative care, he would not have lost his leg and endured prolonged pain and suffering. The suit is pending in Wayne County, Michigan Circuit Court.
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