Past President Molly H. Craig, Partner at Hood Law Firm, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina, obtained a defense verdict following a medical malpractice trial in Horry County, South Carolina.
Plaintiff alleged the Defendant physician was negligent during the Plaintiff’s laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During the surgery, the Defendant completely transected the Plaintiff’s common bile duct/hepatic duct. Following surgery, the Plaintiff was admitted to the hospital where he began draining bile. Plaintiff later underwent an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) which revealed that the common bile duct/hepatic duct was transected and bile was leaking into his peritoneal cavity. The Plaintiff was transferred to a specialist at a tertiary care hospital. As a result, the Plaintiff was hospitalized several times for complications resulting from his severed bile duct and had to undergo corrective surgery.
The defense proved that injury to the hepatic duct is a known complication of this surgery which occurred in the absence of medical negligence. The jury returned a defense verdict finding that the physician did not deviate from the standard of care.