A woman who worked for 20 years at the University of Kentucky Hospital is suing her former employer for medical malpractice.
Also named in the suit, which is pending in Fayette County Court, are several doctors and a nurse who treated the 45-year-old woman. She contends surgeons severed the tubes required for urinating.
The woman was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 2017. On Sept. 29 of that year, she underwent a bowel resection surgery.
According to allegations in her lawsuit, surgeons cut both of her ureters during surgery; ureters are the tubes that move urine from a kidney to the bladder. That action led to other surgeries and procedures that were necessary after complications arose.
The suit also contends that the woman could not begin her chemotherapy treatments on time and that they were delayed about a month.
Because of the surgery, the mother of two had to apply for Social Security and long-term disability because she was left unable to work.
A university spokesman declined to comment about the lawsuit.
One of the woman’s representatives, however, had much to say.
“We believe the defendants departed from the standard of care, and we believe the evidence we’ll present, including expert testimony, will firmly establish that,” the representative said, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
To prove a medical malpractice case, the person filing the lawsuit must prove that the standard of care was not reached.
When we walk into the hospital for surgery, we expect to come out better than we went in. When that doesn’t happen, we can be devastated in terms of everything from our physical well-being to our financial well-being. A Kentucky lawyer who has worked with medical malpractice suits can assess the strength of your case.