Network Firm News

Monday, December 14, 2015

Molly H. Craig, Jennifer F. Nutter and Caroline R. Niland obtained a defense verdict following a medical malpractice trial in Horry County, South Carolina.

Plaintiff alleged the Defendant physician was negligent during the Plaintiff’s laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During the surgery, the Defendant completely transected the Plaintiff’s common bile duct/hepatic duct. Following surgery, the Plaintiff was admitted to the hospital where he began draining bile. Plaintiff later underwent an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) which revealed that the common bile duct/hepatic duct was transected and bile was leaking into his peritoneal cavity. The Plaintiff was transferred to a specialist at a tertiary care hospital. As a result, the Plaintiff was hospitalized several times for complications resulting from his severed bile duct and had to undergo corrective surgery.

The defense proved that injury to the hepatic duct is a known complication of this surgery which occurred in the absence of medical negligence. The jury returned a defense verdict finding that the physician did not deviate from the standard of care.

Firm Blogs

Health Law Rx HR Defense
TN Labor Talk
IP Law Alert News Real Property and Environmental Law E-Discovery Law Alerts Employment Law Alerts
AL Appellate Watch White Collar Wire (Twitter)
Litigation Law IP Law
Affordable Housing Energy and Environment Hot Topics in the Middle Market Legal Diagnostics Life Sciences NP Privacy Partner Taxes
Professional Liability Midwest HOA Longterm Care Defense Missouri Property Tax Fire Science Law CPA Law Employer Law Bad Faith Physician Law Trucking Defense Wealth Planning
SWIPLit Emerging Business Labor & Employment and the Law