This was a medical negligence case arising from a bowel perforation suffered by a 53 year old woman during an elective laparoscopic surgical procedure. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant surgeon and the defendant gynecologist did not take the necessary steps to be able to visualize the colon before proceeding with the surgery; failed to identify the perforation before completing the surgery; and failed to diagnose and treat the perforation in a timely manner postoperatively.
The plaintiff’s bowel contents were spilled into her abdomen and she suffered a massive infection that nearly took her life. She spent more than four months in the hospital; most of the time on a ventilator and receiving tube feedings. That was followed by three weeks in a skilled rehab facility and finally discharge home. She had a colostomy that remained in place for five more months and her prolonged intubation and tracheostomy led to tracheal stenosis that has remained despite several surgical procedures.
Specials (if any):
Past Medical Expenses: $1,073,004.41
There were substantial Medicaid and Medicare liens.
Settled after suit during mediation for a confidential amount.
Plaintiff’s Experts (if any): Confidential
Defense Experts (if any): Confidential
Plaintiff’s Counsel (please include name and firm):
Kevin F. Dugan, Esquire
Abramson, Brown & Dugan
1819 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Defense Counsel (please include name and firm): Anonymous
Insurance Carrier (if relevant): Anonymous
Name of Case/County: Anonymous
Date of Injury: 2009
Date of Verdict or Settlement: 2012