A Connecticut medical malpractice jury found medical professionals liable for leaving a woman infertile after surgery. The jury found $1.8 million in damages after deliberating for three hours.
Rebecca Simonds brought this Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit against Taylor Hotchkiss in New London. Ms. Simonds went to Lawrence + Memorial Hopsital in 2011 with pelvic pain on the right side. She was admitted to the hospital and under went an appendectomy.
During this surgery, Dr. Hotchkiss started performing surgery on an abscess on her right fallopian tube, even though he had never performed this type of surgery before. In the process, he cut the wrong fallopian tube. This act left Ms. Simonds infertile and required an additional surgery.
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In this situation, it is incumbent on the surgeon to ensure that he or she is operating on the correct body part. In some jurisdictions, this is called the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, but this entirely depends on the law of the particular case.
Often times, the plaintiff will need specialists in the area to testify about the Connecticut standard of care in medical malpractice cases and whether this standard of care was breached. If breached, the plaintiff will have to show the damages that were caused by the medical professional’s negligence.
The Connecticut medical malpractice jury deliberated for three hours before reaching a verdict, finding that Ms. Simonds suffered $190,000 in medical expenses, $1.3 million in non-economic damages. The jury found her husband suffered $310,000 in loss of consortium.
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals provide important services to their patients, keeping them healthy in body and mind. Although the majority of these specialists conduct themselves professionally and competently, the negligence of one doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider can have traumatic and lifelong consequences for patients who receive improper care.
Medical malpractice can occur in many forms, some more obvious than others. While each case must be evaluated on its merits, you should contact a lawyer if you believe you have suffered medical malpractice in Connecticut.