$3.4 Million for Surgical Error and Subsequent Flesh-eating Bacteria Infection
A. v Norwegian American Hospital
Our client was diagnosed with gallbladder disease and went for surgery at Norwegian American Hospital for gallbladder removal. After complications from the surgery, the patient was transferred to a second hospital where surgery revealed that the first doctor had, in fact, removed the bile ducts. Surgical repairs were made, but our client developed necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), which resulted in the removal of most of her abdominal muscles, leaving her with a gaping abdominal hole covered only by scar tissue. We sued successfully, securing $3.4 million for pain and suffering, disfigurement and loss of normal life.