Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer Patrick A. Salvi Calls Attention to Report on Unnecessary Surgical Procedures

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Attorney from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says the USA Today study of government and academic databases should open the public’s eyes about the prevalence of inappropriate surgical procedures.

Attorney comments on unnecessary surgical procedures as a type of medical malpractice

Patrick A. Salvi

Patients should take note that an unnecessary surgery, whether it’s performed intentionally or out of incompetence or error, is a form of medical malpractice that should be confronted.

Attorney Patrick A. Salvi said today that a new report by USA Today, finding that “tens of thousands” of unnecessary surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, sheds light on a type of medical malpractice that should concern patients in Chicago and across Illinois.

According to the June 20, 2013, USA Today report, a review of government records and medical databases found that numerous operations are performed each year simply to bilk insurance companies or because the doctor lacks the competence or training to recognize that the surgical procedure is unnecessary.

Unneeded surgery might account for 10 to 20 percent of all operations in some specialties, the newspaper said.

“This is an in-depth report that provides important information to the general public,” said Salvi, managing partner at the leading Chicago personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

“Patients should take note that an unnecessary surgery, whether it’s performed intentionally or out of incompetence or error, is a form of medical malpractice that should be confronted. If one suffers harm as the result of such a procedure, they should be compensated to the fullest extent allowed by the law.”

According to USA Today, common unnecessary surgical procedures include:

  •     Spinal surgeries
  •     Knee replacements
  •     Hysterectomies
  •     Cesarean sections (C-sections)
  •     Radical prostatectomy
  •     Gall bladder removal
  •     Cardiac procedures, including stents, angioplasty and pacemaker implants.

Salvi said that any patient who believes they were ordered to undergo one of these procedures or another type of surgery that was unnecessary should seek advice and representation from an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can look into their case and protect their rights.
“A lawyer can obtain medical records and consult with physicians and surgeons to provide an independent expert opinion,” the veteran attorney said. “If appropriate, steps can then be taken to secure compensation for any unnecessary medical costs and other losses a patient has suffered.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $800 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 195 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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