Our Atlanta, Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorneys saw news about a recently settled wrongful death lawsuit over the death of a patient from a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The merits of the case will never be decided by a court because of the settlement, but the family received more than $1 million in the deal.
The case came from the death of 67 year old Trellis Basham at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta in July 2010. Dr. Alexander Park performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy but found complications from scar tissue blocking the gallbladder so stopped the laparoscopic procedure and started open surgery. During the more invasive open surgery, Ms. Basham started bleeding profusely and Dr. Park found a tear in one of her veins. Dr. Park brought another doctor in to fix this tear but Ms. Basham had already lost too much blood. She died in intensive care at the hospital not long after the surgery was finished.
After her tragic death, her grown children filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Park and Georgia Surgical Associates, his employer. The Bashams claimed that Dr. Park was in a rush during the surgery and tore the vein open by putting in a medical instrument, called a trocar, without properly seeing what he was doing. The trial proceeded, and was stopped with the settlement agreement while the jury was deliberating on the case.