Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict – Surgery
D. Gary Lovell, Jr. and Lee Weatherly obtained a defense verdict for a surgeon and his practice group, in a medical malpractice case filed in York County, South Carolina. In the trial, the Plaintiff claimed that the doctor failed to properly perform an open cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) that had been converted from a laparoscopic procedure. Plaintiff’s common bile duct was transected during the procedure necessitating two corrective surgeries to repair the injury. Nevertheless, the jury determined that the doctor met the standard of care and returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the physician after deliberating for approximately four hours.