Jury Rules Against Doctor in Surgical Negligence Case

A jury recently reached a verdict in a surgical negligence case from another state.

The case involved a man from Alabama who underwent a hernia surgery in Georgia in January 2002. The man accused a doctor of having acted improperly in relation to the surgery.

According to the man, during the surgery, his small intestine was accidentally perforated by the doctor. The man further alleged that, after the surgery, the doctor failed to address the damage caused by the perforation in a timely manner.

The man claimed that this alleged surgical negligence caused him to develop a major infection. According to the man, he was bedridden for almost six months as a result of this infection. According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article which reported on the case, complications from the infection and being bedridden so long resulted in the man: having partial reliance on a wheelchair, needing years of physical therapy and having to end his career (he worked as a millworker).

A lawsuit was brought in Georgia against the doctor by the man and his wife in relation to the alleged surgical negligence. Last week, the jury in this case ruled against the doctor and granted the man and his wife a monetary judgment.

Sadly, individuals here in Connecticut sometimes suffer unexpected injuries in surgeries. As the above-mentioned case shows, injuries suffered in a surgical procedure can have major and long-lasting effects on a person’s life.

When a person has suffered an unexpected injury in a surgery, they may have many questions, including:

  • What caused the injury?
  • Was the injury preventable?
  • Did the medical professionals involved in the surgery act properly?
  • Can actions be taken to pursue compensation for the injury and its effects?

What the answers to these questions ultimately prove to be can be very impactful. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can conduct investigations looking into what the answers to these questions are.

Source: The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, “Jury awards Alabama couple $6.7 million in malpractice suit,” Tim Chitwood, Nov. 13, 2013