Plaintiff underwent an intended laparoscopic appendectomy which did not remove his appendix, but instead resulted in the transaction of his sigmoid colon. After two days of drainage to his abdomen through the open sigmoid, plaintiff became quite ill and returned to the UVA hospital. He underwent a nine-hour operation to find out what was wrong, including an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect his colon. The surgery ended with the placement of a colostomy.
After recurrent complications, plaintiff was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic, where he ultimately underwent a major reanastomosis of his colon. An isolated segment of colon was identified during the latter surgery, the source of which was suspected to be from the attempted repairs at UVA.
Plaintiff has undergone a further revision of the anastomosis and has suffered chronic episodes of abdominal pain, stricture and suspected abdominal blockages from significant intra-abdominal scarring.[11-T-131]
Type of action: Medical malpractice
Injuries alleged: Transection of the sigmoid colon and other abdominal injuries
Name of case: Jones v. UVA Health Services Foundation
Court: Albemarle County Circuit Court
Special damages: $383,558
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorney for plaintiff: Thomas E. Albro, Charlottesville
Insurance carrier: Piedmont Liability Trust