Nield Law Group, APC
760-232-4021 (local)
800-827-1458 (toll free)

Medical malpractice case concludes in a $1.8 million verdict

Surgical errors account for thousands of incidents of medical negligence each year and are responsible for untold amounts of human suffering. When the error is identified and found to be the substantial cause of the patient's injury or death, the victim or the victim's family can assert a legal right to compensation for the medical malpractice damages incurred. The right to compensation under that circumstance applies under California law and that of every other state.

Recent reports describe a tragic surgical error that occurred in 2011 in another state when a bizarre mishap inflicted permanent damage on the patient. The lawsuit recently resulted in a $1.8 million jury verdict. The plaintiff claimed that she was rendered sterile after an inexperienced doctor mistakenly cut her fallopian tube while trying to surgically remove an abscess.

The plaintiff had gone to the hospital with complaints of pelvic pain and was admitted on May 16, 2011. The doctors were unsure of the diagnosis but apparently decided that an appendectomy was in order, which they performed on May 23, 2011. If the treatment had stopped there, the situation would have been resolved, at least for that point in time.

However, the defendant surgeon, who was only 18 months out of her residency, came into the room and began operating on an abscess of the patient's right fallopian tube. At some point, the surgeon realized that the procedure had not gone well and called for the help of another doctor. The bizarre facts were exacerbated when she walked out of the operating room in tears, causing the patient's waiting husband and mother to experience the shock of thinking that their loved one had died.

Fortunately, the patient survived, only to face a life of sterility. She also had to undergo another procedure due to the negligent operation. This was a rather straightforward case of negligence and medical malpractice. It also presents perhaps a surprising choice by the defendants to go to trial. The case would have very likely had a similar resolution if tried in California.

Source:, "Jury awards $1.8 million in medical malpractice case", Karen Florin, April 20, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For a Response

Main Office - San Diego
Westlake Professional Center
679 Encinitas Blvd.
Suite 201
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-232-4021
Fax: 760-942-9882
Encinitas Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
6033 W.Century Blvd
Suite 605
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Phone: 760-232-4021
Fax: 760-942-9882
Map & Directions

Central Valley Office
3741 Shaw Avenue
Suite 2005
Fresno, CA 93711

Map & Directions

Colorado Office
400 North Park Ave
Suite 10-B
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Map & Directions

San Francisco Office
1450 Sutter Street
Suite 103
San Francisco, CA 94109

Map & Directions

Desert/Inland Empire Office
60222 Angora Ct.
La Quinta, CA 92253

Map & Directions

800-827-1458 (Toll Free)
760-232-4021 (Phone)
760-942-9882 (Fax)