Plaintiff alleged that the firm's client, an obstetrician-gynecologist, failed to timely recognize and treat perforations of the small bowel that occurred during hysterectomy surgery to treat uterine fibroids.
The perforations allowed leakage of bowel contents into the abdomen, causing life-threatening peritonitis, the need for an ileostomy and healing of the wound by secondary intent and a prolonged and stormy hospital course, including a stay in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. It also lead to multiple additional surgical procedures, including ventral hernia repair two years later.
The hernia re-occurred shortly before trial.
The defense successfully argued that the perforations developed in the post-operative period, were timely recognized and treated within the standard of care, and that the plaintiff had recovered well.
After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the firm's client.