Macoupin County Medical Malpractice
A bile duct injury due to a botched gallbladder surgery, brings a record Macoupin County medical malpractice verdict of $3,100,000.
On November 3, 2000 our client underwent surgery for removal of her gallbladder by Dr. Talcherkar, at Carlinville Area Hospital. During the surgery, the doctor placed surgical clips along her common bile duct, causing injury, and failed to recognize the injury before closing the abdominal incision. Due to post-surgical complications, she was first transferred to Missouri Baptist Hospital and then to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where it was determined that she was jaundiced and ill because bile was backing up in her liver. In order to repair the damage, doctors at Barnes rerouted her intestinal tract on January 17, 2001. During that surgery, she suffered a heart attack.
She continues to experience persistent and debilitating pain along the incision area and, although she attempted to return to her job as an Illinois Department of Transportation road crew member, it proved too physically demanding and she was forced to retire before her planned retirement at age 55.
She alleged that the doctor was negligent in placing the surgical clips along her bile duct and in failing to recognize the injury she had sustained. The doctor denied negligence, asserting that she had recieved the appropriate level of sergical care.
This is is believed to be the highest recorded verdict in Macoupin County, exceeding the previous record, reportedly, $2.5 million.
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