Widow Receives $3 Million in Malpractice Case.

A jury awarded $3 million to the widow of a man who died over 3 years ago after numerous hospitalizations for severe gallbladder pain and infection.After about two hours of deliberation the jury reached a verdict against the doctor and the hospital in the wrongful death of 55 year old victim.The trial, held before the honorable Judge, lasted 17 days the judge remarked that he appreciated the jury doing their civic duty.No decision has been reached on whether the hospital will appeal, but they are certainly looking at their post-trial options the lawyers said.The attorneys that represented the victim’s widow in the suit claim that the doctor and hospital negligently delayed gallbladder surgery which resulted in the death of the victim.

According to court documents the victim was admitted to the Medical Center with severe gallbladder pain and released the next day even though all of the ER doctors involved in the victim’s treatment and care determined on the very first day of this admission that his gallbladder needed to be removed.However, the surgeon in charge made the decision to wait on removing his gallbladder at that time.The victim was discharged from the hospital and went home for a day before being readmitted for a week. He then returned to the hospital’s emergency room, again complaining of severe gallbladder pain, and remained there until his death 2 weeks later .During the 3 week period of being repeatedly admitted and discharged from the hospital, the surgeon continued to insist on delaying surgery to remove the victim’s gallbladder for various unjustified reasons which ultimately resulted in his death.While the surgeon contended that the victim died of cardiac arrest or other causes the autopsy report and death certificate show that the victim died of a pus-filled gallbladder from severe inflammation and infection.The original complaint named about a dozen physicians and medical practices, but the verdict was against only the surgeon and hospital.The victim’s wife was pleased with the verdict and hopes this will send a message to other families to be an advocate for their families medical care before it’s too late.

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