The plaintiff alleged that the firm's client, a general surgeon, failed to timely diagnose a complete bowel obstruction and that he should have performed emergency surgery after receiving the results from radiological studies taken in the emergency room at an area hospital.
Plaintiff claimed that the failure to perform surgery in a timely manner resulted in a bowel perforation, sepsis and, ultimately, death. The plaintiff asked the jury for over $6 million in damages.
The defense successfully argued that there was no evidence of a complete bowel obstruction and that the firm's client timely performed surgery on the plaintiff. The jury deliberated for just over one hour.