Modern technology and stringent safety regulations have made surgical procedures safer than ever before in Kentucky and across the country. However, safety regulations only work if surgeons and other health care providers follow these rules. Any deviation or lapse in judgment can result in permanent injuries to the patient, even death. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged medical malpractice left him with lifelong injuries.

The man said he went in for a routine knee replacement surgery but experienced problems with constipation after the procedure. The lawsuit says a nurse incorrectly administered an enema that caused the plaintiff trauma and complications, but the trauma went untreated. Allegedly, the man’s condition worsened and he was admitted to the intensive care unit. According to the lawsuit, more issues were discovered and the man required an emergency diverting colostomy surgery, which was performed without the man’s consent.

Allegedly, the man then suffered gangrene and had to endure several other procedures to remove damaged tissue. The man claims he suffered permanent injuries to his digestive system and now has to carry a colostomy bag at all times. The lawsuit claims the nurse who originally administered the enema failed to document the man’s condition and did not seek the help of a physician.

Shockingly, negligence during medical treatment is one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States today. Families in Kentucky who have been affected by medical malpractice can take legal action. By filing a lawsuit, families could receive much-needed compensation that can be used to cover medical expenses and other financial losses.