Defense Verdict for Physician in Post-op Infection Case
On January 17, 2014, D. Gary Lovell, Jr., Lee Weatherly and Kristen Thompson obtained a defense verdict for a surgeon and his practice group, in a medical malpractice case filed in Richland County, South Carolina. In the trial, the Plaintiff claimed that the doctor failed to properly monitor him after he had his appendix removed by another surgeon during an exploratory abdominal surgery. Plaintiff’s small bowel was perforated during the procedure leading to an infection and eventually necessitating a number of corrective surgeries to repair the injury. Plaintiff claimed that if our client had properly monitored his post-operative condition, the injury could have been repaired before the severe infection occurred. Nevertheless, the jury determined that the doctor met the standard of care and returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the physician and his practice group.