Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, includes procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and lap band surgery. These procedures can produce many benefits for patients, but they also carry a high level of risk.
A variety of complications are associated with these procedures. Complications can result in serious health conditions or, in extreme cases, death.
Litigation may occur even when the care provided by physicians and other medical providers satisfies high standards. When providers deviate from the standard of care and provide substandard treatment to patients, litigation frequently results. Damage awards in lawsuits involving injuries resulting from weight-loss surgery can be high.
Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and liability issues that can arise in connection with weight-loss surgery.