Our medical malpractice Buckfire attorneys recently settled a lawsuit against a local hospital on behalf of a woman who suffered serious complications after a laparoscopic roux n y weight loss surgery. The patient was discharged from the hospital the day after her surgery and returned for a suspected leak. She was evaluated and then sent home but returned again to the emergency department just two days later. She was admitted to the hospital where it was discovered that she had an anastomotic leak at the staple line.
The patient developed significant sepsis as a result and was admitted to the intensive care unit where she remained for over one month. She underwent numerous procedures and surgeries during that month due to the leak. She later required abdominal reconstruction surgery due to the disfigurement caused by the leak.
We filed her medical malpractice lawsuit seeking damages for this medical error. The hospital, surgeon, and defense experts argued that the leak occurred after the discharge from the hospital the second time and that the patient was clinically stable at the time of her discharge. Our expert witness testified that the leak occurred before discharge and that the patient should not have been sent home in an unstable condition. The case was litigated but the parties eventually reached a confidential settlement.