Improper Surgical Technique Results in Peritonits and Death after Outpatient Gallbladder Surgery

A woman was admitted to a hospital for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. During the surgery, one of the Doctors severed 60% of the circumference of her transverse colon and cut her duodenum. The woman began leaking fecal matter from her incision sites. The nurses were discouraged from documenting this. After two days, she was transferred to another hospital and diagnosed with peritonitis. She died two weeks later at age 52.

Outcome:

Settlement with the hospital is confidential. The case proceeded to jury trial against the doctors. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $1,800,000, including $500,000 in punitive damages.