Jury Awards Family $12M In Surgical Error Case

Jury Awards Family $12M In Surgical Error Case

A jury has just awarded a woman $12M in a medical malpractice case based on the action of a surgical resident. The action was brought against the hospital based on its role as a teaching hospital and the responsibility such institutions have to patient safety. While the hospital tried to avoid liability for its role in this matter, the jury determined otherwise, noting that it's the responsibility of teaching hospitals to insure patient safety comes first.

In fact while a surgeon may make an error, it is often the broader circumstances that influence such an occurrence. For example – did the staff communicate properly? Were their errors in hospital procedure that could have prevented the harm? As such, if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a medical error it is critical to contact an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer to begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused or contributed to an incident.

In this situation, evidence at trial showed that the surgeon punctured the woman's colon, causing a massive abdominal infection and the loss of most of her large intestine. The resident wasn't aware of the rupture until after he had closed her wound. She subsequently developed a massive infection and went into septic shock. She then slipped into a coma. While her life was spared, she continues to suffer severe abdominal pain and has difficulty walking.

Here, the hospital argued that it shouldn't be responsible for the errors of it's residents. However, the jury disagreed and awarded the family $12M.

For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one suffered harm as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice law firm of Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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