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Medical Negligence Case Over Gallbladder Surgery Heads to Jury

Source: , Posted On:   30 March 2021

Medical Negligence Case Over Gallbladder Surgery Heads to Jury

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By Mary Anne Pazanowski

March 30, 2021, 2:11 PM

  • Patient thought doctor lied after surgery, suspected injury
  • But medical providers believed gallbladder had been removed

A Kansas man who underwent gallbladder surgery more than two years before filing a medical negligence lawsuit against his surgeon must go to trial on the question of when he should have realized the organ hadn’t been removed, a federal court said.

Lance Hinnergardt wasn’t entitled to pretrial judgment rejecting Herbert Hoover’s defense that the patient knew enough to suspect medical malpractice within two years after the surgery, meaning that a jury must decide if Hinnergardt filed the suit too late, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas said.

Hoover performed the surgery June 17, 2017. He told...

Mary Anne Pazanowski

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