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Five-Time U.S. Chess Champion Dies From Gall Bladder Surgery

Kingston Personal Injury Attorney

Chess grandmaster and author Larry Evans died recently after gall bladder surgery complications. The 78-year-old chess player’s career spanned decades and won him accolades from both friends and competitors.

Mr. Evans grew up in Manhattan, where he played chess for dimes on 42nd Street. He won a local chess championship at 15 years old, a New York State championship at 18 years old and a United States championship at 19 years old. He won the U.S. title four more times.

Although Mr. Evans was famous for his chess prowess, he was perhaps better known for his writing. He produced more than 20 books on the subject of chess, including a widely read collaboration with Bobby Fischer.

Sadly, complications arising from Mr. Evans’ gall bladder surgery ended his life. He died in Reno after the operation.

Gall Bladder Surgery Complications

Over half a million gall bladder removal operations are performed each year in the U.S. Although it is a routine operation, complications and mistakes can occur. When they do happen, they can be quite serious. Rep. John Murtha (Penn.) died in early 2010 when a gall bladder operation reportedly resulted in a damaged intestine. It is unknown whether this was due to medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is not cited as a cause of Mr. Evans’ death either, but some gall bladder surgery complications do arise from negligence. In gall bladder surgery cases, medical malpractice occurs, for example, when the doctor wrongfully cuts the bile duct, causing serious injury or death to the patient if not promptly corrected.

If the surgeon is negligent in the repair of the wrongfully transected duct, this could also be deadly. In addition, other organs and systems, such as the liver or aorta, can be damaged during gall bladder removal.

Weighing Your Options

If you or a loved one has suffered from complications from gall bladder surgery, there is no risk in speaking with an attorney. You may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages, including medical bills and pain and suffering.

And note that there are strict time limits for taking legal action in medical malpractice cases, especially in New York.