September 23, 2004
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. announced today that it has reached a $1.2 million gallbladder malpractice settlement on behalf of a 46-year-old man with a history of stomach complaints who, after eating fried chicken, presented to a local hospital and was admitted for pancreatitis. A medical work-up of the patient included an ultrasound and a CT scan of his abdomen.
The radiologist’s interpretation of these medical tests was consistent with small stones in the gallbladder duct. The patient was released with instructions to follow up with his primary care physician. Two months later the man suffered a second attack of pancreatitis that nearly killed him. He lost 75 percent of his pancreas and was hospitalized for two months, undergoing two additional surgeries.
The medical malpractice case was successfully prosecuted by the trial team at Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. against the hospital physician for failing to follow through on the radiologist’s findings. The Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.’s attorneys successfully argued that the stones visible on the films meant that the patient’s gallbladder should have been removed.
Had the man’s gallbladder been removed during the first hospitalization he would not have suffered the potentially fatal second attack of gallstone pancreatitis. The lead attorney prosecuting the case explained: “This never should have happened, it could have been prevented and those responsible have been brought to justice.”
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