January 27, 2017
Joseph C. Klausing and Christopher J. Leopold successfully defended a general surgeon in Jefferson Circuit Court. The case involved the surgeon’s performance of an extended right hemicolectomy and cholecystectomy to remove cancer from the patient’s colon. The plaintiff claimed that the surgeon negligently failed to remove a surgical sponge following the procedure, allowing for the development of a perforated pylorus, resulting in sepsis and death of the patient. Mr. Klausing and Mr. Leopold defended the case by establishing medical proof that demonstrated that the surgeon performed his surgical role appropriately. The surgeon’s care was supported by qualified expert testimony, and following a four day trial, the jury entered its unanimous verdict in favor of the surgeon.