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Jury finds gallbladder surgery complications were not negligence – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff sustained a completely transected common bile duct in a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (lap choly). Plaintiff contended that the defendant general surgeon breached the standard of care in failing to recognize that his observation of what he noted to be an ...

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Decedent lost oxygen during orthopedic surgery – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was a 58-year-old man who suffered a dislocation of a left hip prosthesis after a fall. After going to the emergency room of a hospital located in the mid-Atlantic region, he was evaluated prior to the necessary orthopedic surgery ...

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Surgeon cut common bile duct instead of cystic duct – $750,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was admitted to Winchester Medical Center on Aug. 13, 2010, for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The defendant identified the gallbladder and grasped it by its fundus. The gallbladder was retracted in a cephalad direction and a second grasper was then ...

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Operation on wrong spinal level led to numerous surgeries – $1,300,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 39-year-old laborer and father of five children who was scheduled for outpatient hemilaminectomy and microdisctomy at L5-S1. Although the defendant neurosurgeon apparently used intraoperative fluoroscopy to mark the intended surgical level, he mistakenly performed the surgery ...

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Undiagnosed brain tumor caused vision and neurological issues – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

As of 2009, the plaintiff, a 51-year-old insurance specialist, was suffering from an undiagnosed trigeminal schwannoma (a non-cancerous brain tumor). In April 2009, she started to complain of blurred and double vision (diplopia), pressure behind the eyes and headaches. Based ...

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Biopsy tissue mix-up led to unnecessary mastectomy – $1,780,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 53-year-old woman, began experiencing pain and tenderness in her right breast in November 2011. A mammogram revealed scattered fibroglandular elements within the breast parenchyma. A targeted ultrasound revealed a solid nodule that could “represent either an intramammary ...

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Failure to perform surgery led to organ failure, death – $1,150,000 Settlement (access required)

A 49-year-old woman with a history of having undergone gastric bypass surgery approximately one year prior presented to the emergency department with 10/10 abdominal pain and a recent history of nausea and vomiting. She was given pain and anti-nausea medication ...

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Perforation during catheter placement results in death – $578,500 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was 60 years old with five adult children, none of whom was financially dependent.  She had a number of co-morbidities including diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, end stage renal failure, pulmonary edema and morbid obesity. Decedent, however, lived independently ...

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Infant diagnosed with cerebral palsy, intellectual disability – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a nearly full term girl born on Oct. 24, 2005. The baby was admitted to the newborn nursery. She had no root reflex and problems breast feeding on Oct. 25. She was discharged home on Oct. 26. ...

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Plaintiff suffered bowel leak following surgery – $850,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 45-year-old man who had managed the symptoms of diverticulitis conservatively with antibiotics for approximately 10 years. After a severe flare-up that required hospitalization, he was referred to the defendant general surgeon for consideration of sigmoid resection. ...

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