Appendectomy Malpractice Case

Williams v. Friedman, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV35738

Plaintiff Williams presented in the emergency room with lower abdominal pain.  He was diagnosed with appendicitis.  Defendant Friedman was contacted by the ER staff to perform surgery. During the surgery, Dr. Friedman inadvertently punctured Williams’ bladder with a surgical instrument.  The laparoscopic surgery had to be abandoned in favor of open surgery.  Williams alleged that Dr. Friedman was negligent in failing to ensure that Williams’ bladder was empty before surgery, in failing to review the CT before surgery which would have shown the patient’s bladder was distended, and in puncturing the bladder. Williams alleged that the injury has caused him permanent loss of bladder control and the need for self-catheterization.  He sought $293,606 for past medical expenses and $1,926,287.50 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Friedman claimed that he did not deviate from the standard of care.  Specifically, he claimed that Williams suffered from a long-standing bladder condition of which he likely was not fully aware, and it was that condition that caused his injury.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joshua Callahan and Brent Barton       

Defense Counsel – Troy Bundy

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – June 21, 2019

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