San Jose Surgeons Sued For Malpractice, Part 1 of 8

(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this medical malpractice/personal injury case and its proceedings.)


Plaintiff: Sean Black, date of birth: XX/XX/1969.

Defendants: Owen Green, M.D., General Surgeon; Michael Smith, M.D., Vascular Surgeon; James Lee, M.D., Vascular Surgeon; Paul Stuart, M.D., Interventional Radiologist and Pulmonologist.

Injuries: Laceration of the left iliac vein, laceration of the mesentery and small bowel perforation, posterior laceration of the bifurcation of the abdominal aorta and, an anterior wall laceration, residual injuries including pulmonary embolism, respiratory arrest, massive abdominal bleed, cardiac arrests, and abdominal compartment syndrome.

Past Medical Bills: $651,150.12 (Approx.)

Future Medical Care: Monitoring of Deep Vein Thrombosis and potential surgery.

Wage Loss: $14,636.80, plus sick leave and annual leave earnings for the same of earnings: time frame.

General Damages: $750,000.00
On June 16,2006, Plaintiff went to the Universal Surgery Center to have his gallbladder removed, also known as a “cholecystectomy.” This was supposed to be a routine procedure performed by general surgeon Owen Green, M.D.

Defendant Dr. Green chose to do the surgery using a laparoscopic technique which necessitated the use of a Veress needle to gain access of the abdominal cavity, and a trocar, sharply pointed instruments, use to puncture the peritoneum for placement of the cannulas. However, following the placement of the first trocar a significant amount of clotted blood was found pooling in the pelvis area. Dr. Green urgently called upon Trauma/Vascular surgeon, defendant Michael Smith, M.D., to assist in locating the bleeding site(s). The following is a brief chronological summary of the injuries sustained by plaintiff. (See Part 2 of 8.)

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