$1,500,000 for failure to treat bowel leak

The family of a 73-year-old man received a $1,500,000 settlement from doctors who failed to diagnose and treat his bowel leak after surgery. The man had surgery to remove a nodule from his bowel, which turned out to be benign. However post-operatively, the man developed an ileus and a bowel obstruction. He developed multiple progressive symptoms, including abnormal radiology findings, swelling, fever and rapid heart rate. He became septic and went into renal failure. The leak was not diagnosed for three weeks . Eventually the man died from multi-system organ failure. The case was settled following the first day of the surgeon’s deposition.