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Doctor Ordered to Pay Damages in Malpractice Suit

A couple was awarded nearly $1.2 million by a jury in a medical malpractice suit filed against a doctor. The jury decided in a two-day trial that the doctor was negligent in his care of the patient who underwent hernia surgery in 2003. During the procedure, the man’s small bowel was nicked but not repaired at the time causing him to have a septic reaction that included an extended hospital stay. As part of his treatment for the nicked bowel, the patient incurred several hundred thousand dollars worth of medical bills. The doctor denied any negligence saying the patient “knew of and appreciated risks and hazards involved in the medical treatment.” The $1.2 million awarded included money for bills not covered by insurance. The man’s wife was awarded $50,544 for being “deprived the comfort, companionship, society and services of her husband.” To read the full story, click here.