Botched Elective Surgery Yields $1.3 Million Jury Verdict

On June 4, 2009, Kathie Pagan underwent a “tummy tuck” procedure (abdominoplasty) in a local Jackson Michigan doctor’s office. She experienced difficulties immediately following the procedure which included dark-colored drainage, clots and painful burning sensations and continued to report issues, according to her medical malpractice lawsuit, first filed in 2011. Pagan continues to receive treatment for the surgical wound which has never healed properly. The jury awarded the 43-year-old woman $1.3 million. Jurors awarded her $500,000 in damage for pain, suffering, scarring and disfigurement and associated mental or emotional distress and $382,000 in loss of income. Further, they found she would have lost a total of $430,000 in income through 2017.