Surgical Error, Medical Malpractice
Our client was told by her doctor that she needed her gall bladder removed. During the operation, the surgeon cut the common bile duct instead of the cystic duct. The error caused a major obstruction of the common bile duct and a painful bile accumulation in our client’s abdomen. When the surgeon learned of his error, he personally drove our client to a different hospital, the emergency room of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, leaving her there without any medical records. She underwent major reconstructive surgery at USC and required an extensive recuperative period. The jury found the surgeon guilty of malpractice and awarded our client $395,000.