Man Dies from Complications After Surgery

Watson v. North Bend Medical Center et al., Multnomah County Case No. 1310-13953

This was a medical malpractice wrongful death case brought by the decedent’s estate. Mr. Watson had outpatient laparoscopic surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (“GERD”).  Dr. Tersigni performed the surgery at Defendant North Bend Medical Center.  After being discharged, Plaintiff claims that Mr. Watson’s wife called Defendants several times explaining that her husband was having significant abdominal pain.  Defendant instructed Mr. Watson to take Miralax and Milk of Magnesia. Several days later at a follow-up appointment, Mr. Watson complained of continuing pain, bloating and constipation. Defendants examined the surgical incisions but performed no other examinations.  After the appointment, Mr. Watson’s symptoms continued, and more calls were made to Defendant, who suggested an enema. When his symptoms did not improve, Mr. Watson went to the emergency room.  A CT Scan indicated that he had complex clotting in his mesenteric, portal and splenic veins.  He was transferred to OHSU where he underwent multiple surgeries before dying.  Plaintiff alleges that Defendant failed to diagnose Mr. Watson’s post-surgical complications timely.  Plaintiff sought $3,000,000.00.

Defendants denied any liability.  They claimed that Watson’s complaints were consistent with common postoperative problems and the complications he suffered were extraordinarily rare. Defendants also contended that Mr. Watson declined further life-saving medical care at OHSU, despite the lack of a fatal prognosis.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeffrey Thayer

Defense Counsel – Karen O’Kasey

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – September 14, 2015

September 17, 2015

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