A family in DeKalb County, Georgia was awarded $3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The family claims that their 64-year-old relative died during what was to be a routine surgical procedure.
Brenda Davis, the patient, died in September of 2012 just two days after her surgical procedure at DeKalb Medical Center. According to reports, the woman went into the hospital to have a cyst removed from her ovary. During surgery, her bowel was pierced and Davis subsequently died.
The lawsuit claimed that Davis’s surgeon failed to adequately inspect her bowel before closing her incision. That failure ultimately led to Davis’s death. The verdict was returned against Perimeter OB/GYN Care and Dr. Stuart Pancer.
While the jury reportedly did not believe that the doctor was negligent during the surgery, they did feel that the woman’s symptoms post-surgery were not deemed urgent enough. The jury felt that had Davis been instructed to seek medical attention for her symptoms, her death could have been prevented.
Attorneys for the family expressed their pleasure at the outcome of the lawsuit, saying that the family had received a measure of justice for their loss. Davis, said the attorneys, had a life that was cut short due to medical errors.
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