A local malpractice lawyer would need to order your records, and send them to an expert to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care. Avvo has a terrific "find a lawyer" tool to find a top-rated attorney with a low contingency fee.
Based on the facts you have provided, it is quite possible that you have a medical malpractice case. You should have an attorney who handles medical malpractice cases in your area review your medical records and advise you about your options.
Assuming you suffered no permanency, there are no real damages since they had to operate on you anyway. While tearing your vein could be considered negligent, you then have to have suffered damages. This is the weakest part of your case.
For peace of mind you could talk with a local medical malpractice attorney, but don’t be surprised if they tell you the same thing.
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You certainly should talk to a medical malpractice lawyer.
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I don't think a vein was torn during the catheterization. It was likely an artery if it was torn during the procedure. Veins are used for grafts during the bypass. In any event, whether the care was below the standard depends on what happened during the procedure. Only a review of the medical records by an expert will answer your question. In addition all of the bypasses may not have been necessary because of the tear and there is a chance that you might have needed a bypass operation anyway. Good news is that you sound like you are recovering.
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