$8.2M For Permanent Bowel Injury Due To Delay In Treatment

She was not brought to surgery until her blood pressure suddenly dropped after she had spent approximately 30 hours in the emergency room. Her surgeon found that almost six feet of her bowel was dead and had to be removed…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, $8.2M Missouri Medical Malpractice Verdict For Permanent Bowel Injury Due To Delay In Treatment, Apr 2024

 

Her over one month inpatient hospital stay was complicated by several near-death episodes. As a result of the loss of a significant portion of her bowel, the woman is unable to absorb nutrition from food and therefore requires total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for the rest of her life.

 

The defense argued that the woman’s short-gut syndrome was not due to her medical care but instead was due to an underlying disease that could not have been fixed surgically, and that the surgeons had to wait to see if her bowel would or would not survive before they operated. The defense attorney stated after the verdict, “Ultimately, the healthcare providers actually saved her life.”

 

After a nine-day trial, on February 8, 2024, the Missouri medical malpractice jury awarded the woman $736,808.63 for past economic and medical damages, $500,000 for past noneconomic damages, $6,500,000 for future medical damages, and $500,000 for future noneconomic damages. The total of $1 million in noneconomic damages will likely be reduced due to Missouri’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.

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