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Victim of Cut Bowel During Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Caused by OB/GYN Negligence Talks About Experience with Firm

The client featured in this video was represented by Virginia medical malpractice lawyer Rick Shapiro. She was a first grade school teacher who underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy in 2010 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (MD). After the procedure, our client felt worse, not better. She stayed in the hospital for eight days and an exploratory abdominal surgery found several abscesses and a 1-centimeter colon perforation.  A  perforation is a fancy word for cut or laceration. Basically, there was a 1-centimeter wound from her cut colon.

She required a colostomy bag for months, multiple surgeries, wound VAC system to go into her abdomen to clean out the sepsis/infection that came out of the slit or cut in the colon. 

Our client knew that something went wrong during the laparoscopic hysterectomy. She reached out to multiple law firms in the Maryland area but was turned down repeatedly. This is because medical malpractice cases, including cut/nicked colon cases, are some of the most complex and difficult in the field of personal injury law. In most instances, serious medical negligence cases wind up going to trial.

Enter Rick and the experienced Virginia and North Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at the firm. Rick recognized that this wonderful woman was the victim of medical carelessness.

The OB/GYN surgeon denied that he did any damage and claimed that he checked at the end of the hysterectomy and saw nothing out of the ordinary. Rick, along with his co-counsel (an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney), proved that the OB/GYN was responsible for the cut/perforation of her colon.
 
The case went to trial and the jury returned a verdict in for $860,000 in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Learn more about this incredible jury verdict here: http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/case_results/-860-000-jury-verdict-in-medical-malpractice-case-where-colon-was-perforated-by-ob-gyn-during-la.cfm
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