An Alabama jury awarded $3 million dollars to the widow of a 56-year-old man who died in 2008 after three hospitalizations for severe gallbladder pain.
Sad story here. The deceased was first admitted to a medical center in severe pain on November 22, 2008. All the doctors involved in his treatment and care determined on the first day of his admission that his gallbladder needed to be removed. For an unknown reason, his surgeon made a decision to wait on removing his gallbladder and discharged him five days later on November 27th.
Still in severe pain, he returned and was readmitted from November 29th through December 5, 2008. The surgeon continued to wait.
The deceased was readmitted for a final time on December 9th, where he remained until his death on Christmas Day. The surgeon continued to insist on delaying surgery to remove the gallbladder for various unjustified reasons, ultimately resulting in the man’s death. The surgeon contended that he died of cardiac arrest or other causes, but the autopsy showed that he died of a pus-filled gallbladder from severe inflammation and infection.
While the original Complaint named about a dozen physicians and medical practices, the verdict was only against the surgeon and the surgical center. I’m only working off the article on the case so I’m not sure how it all played out.