$800,000 jury award upheld in surgical malpractice case

An appellate court has recently upheld an $800,000 jury verdict in favor of a woman’s surgical malpractice lawsuit. During the woman’s hysterectomy, doctors incorrectly placed a retractor, a tool that is used to expand the abdominal cavity during surgery. The retractor put pressure on her femoral nerve, resulting in damage to the nerve. The damage was revealed when the woman complained of numbness in her leg. To date, the woman is unable to work and can only walk with the aid of a cane.

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