Court Enters Judgment in Failure to Warn Patient of Abdominal Kidney Test Results

Mildred Vick, 65, underwent a Salpingo-oophorectomy performed by gynecologist Dr. Lawrence Bandy. Salpingo-oophorectomy is the surgery to remove the ovary fallopian tubes. This procedure is used to treat a variety of conditions, usually ovarian cancer.

Following this procedure, metabolic testing showed an abnormal glomerular filtration rate and creatinine level. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a test used to check how well the kidneys are functioning. It estimates show much blood passes through the glomerular each minute. Glomerular are the tiny fibers in the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.

Creatinine is a waste product produced by muscles from the breakdown of a compound called creatine. Creatinine is removed from the body by the kidneys, which filter almost all of it from the blood and releases it in the urine. The creatinine test measures the amount of creatinine in the blood and/or urine.

Dr. Bandy never communicated these results of the tests to Vick, who was transferred to a local family physician after the surgery.

A year and a half later, Vick was diagnosed with having chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. She required dialysis for a long period of time and must restrict her diet and medication intake. She sued Dr. Bandy and his practice alleging that he chose not to timely apprise her of the abnormal kidney test results, which, if treated then, would have most likely led to a much better outcome.

The court entered a judgment in the amount of $821,300. The defendant has appealed.

Vick’s attorneys presented experts at trial specializing in radiology, nephrology and obstetrics and gynecology.

The attorneys successfully representing Vick were Gary L. Green and Kayce Green.

Vick v. Bandy, No. 60-CV-2018-02366 (Ark. Cr. Ct. Pulaski County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling physician negligence lawsuits, misdiagnosis of cancer cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Long Grove, Lansing, Libertyville, Winnetka, Wheeling, Waukegan, Zion, Lake Zurich, Morton Grove, Niles, Des Plaines, Deerfield, Glenview, Northfield, South Holland, Barrington, Naperville, Chicago (North Lawndale, Garfield Park, Hegewisch, East Side), Geneva, Aurora, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Grayslake, Country Club Hills, Countryside, North Riverside and Evanston, Ill.

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