Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Gregory E. Schiller and Caroline K. Vickrey, secured a defense verdict in favor of their hospital client in a medical malpractice dispute. In this dispute, a 67-year-old woman underwent a hysterectomy surgery at the defendant hospital. Two-days later, a scan of the plaintiff suggested the possibility of a bowel perforation. The Ob/Gyn doctor and the general surgeon involved did not immediately perform a repair surgery, in part, because the clinical signs and symptoms were inconsistent with a bowel perforation. Six days after the hysterectomy, plaintiff underwent emergency surgery during which a bowel perforation was identified and repaired. Plaintiff underwent several subsequent surgeries and incurred more than $600,000 in medical bills.
The plaintiff sued the hospital (Johnson & Bell’s client), the Ob/Gyn doctor and the general surgeon, claiming institutional negligence against the hospital. After a two-week trial, the plaintiff asked the jury for a verdict in excess of $17.5 million against the three defendants, including $10 million for pain and suffering, $5 million for loss of a normal life, and the remaining amount for emotional distress. The jury deliberated for two days and returned a verdict of not guilty against the hospital and the OB/Gyn doctor. The case against the general surgeon resulted in a deadlocked jury.
The Johnson & Bell trial team defended the hospital in this case. The Ob/Gyn doctor and the general surgeon were represented by separate counsel.