Posted on March 28th, 2012
In Indiana, a New Albany resident, Michelle Wells Fischer, was awarded $1.5 million in her malpractice suit against surgeon Dr. William H. Garner III. Due to negligence on his part, approximately 20 feet of her small intestines had to be removed. The jury agreed this debilitating condition could have been prevented.
On June 5, 2003, she went to the Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services Center with a complaint of abdominal pain. She subsequently saw Dr. Garner for a surgical consultation. At first, he scheduled a surgery for the following day, but cancelled the surgery the morning of the surgery. Then he left town and was gone over the weekend.
During this time, her condition escalated and she underwent emergency surgery on June the 8th. She was diagnosed with ischemic bowel disease, also known as “dead bowels” caused by a blood clotting disorder that cut off blood flow to her intestines. Apparently, she had not been tested for this, and was referred to an urologist to be tested for a kidney infection.
This case passed through Indiana’s Malpractice Review System for trial. The suit itself lasted only four days, and Ms. Fischer was awarded significantly more than she sought in damage. However, since Indiana has a cap on malpractice damages of $1.25 million, her award was reduced accordingly. She will probably never be able to work again—certainly not in her previous career as a special education teacher.
After Ms. Palmer received her verdict, she said, “I didn’t ever expect anything out of it.” Unfortunately, this is reflective of many other victims of medical malpractice. They may be overwhelmed by the idea of going to court. They may think they have a disadvantage against the doctor’s lawyers. Before you think you are out of your league against a doctor’s lawyer team, call our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at Snyder and Snyder for a free consultation. Let our experienced lawyers even the field and give you the advantage you deserve.
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