September 14, 2018
Clay Edwards and Christopher Leopold successfully defended a general surgeon in Boyd County Circuit Court in Catlettsburg, Kentucky against allegations of medical malpractice. The plaintiff underwent a hemorrhoidectomy and fissurectomy. The patient subsequently developed an abscess. The plaintiff claimed that the surgeon’s post-operative care was negligent and led to a delayed diagnosis of the infection and additional medical procedures, including a colostomy. Plaintiff sought $2 million in pain and suffering damages.
Mr. Edwards and Mr. Leopold defended the physician by establishing that the surgeon’s post-operative care and treatment was within the standard of care and that the plaintiff’s infection could not have been diagnosed any earlier than it was. The defendant’s care was supported by well-qualified expert testimony and, after a four-day trial, the jury returned a verdict with no award for the plaintiff.