A Connecticut family was awarded $1.8 million by a jury in a medical malpractice case that finally wrapped up last week.
According to records, Rebecca Simonds and her husband, Charles Simonds, brought a claim against Dr. Taylor Hotchkiss. The couple alleged that the doctor cut the wrong fallopian tube during a surgical procedure being performed on Simonds. As a result of the botched surgery, Simonds was left sterile.
In 2011, Simonds went to the hospital with pelvic pain. Doctors were unable to determine if Simonds was suffering with an infection or appendicitis. As a precaution, Simonds was given an appendectomy by another surgeon. Hotchkiss walked in to assist with the surgery and began to deal with an abscess on Simonds’ right fallopian tube.
Because Hotchkiss realized something was not right, she called in another physician. Hotchkiss had operated on the wrong fallopian tube and left Simonds sterile. She exited the surgical suite crying, and Simonds’ family feared that Simonds had died on the operating table. It was then that Hotchkiss admitted ot her mistake.
It took a jury only three hours to deliberate and return with their decision.
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