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Sinn and Thompson Prevail for Surgeon in Med Mal Trial


Partners Dave Sinn and Matt Thompson successfully defended an OB/GYN surgeon in a nine-day jury trial against allegations of a negligent ureter injury during a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy. The plaintiff claimed the injury led to a long line of procedures attempting to repair the ureter and an eventual nephrectomy (removal of kidney), as well as PTSD resulting from the complications and multiple medical procedures. 

The primary defense was that the surgeon stayed within safe planes of dissection, however a thermal injury from cautery occurred because prior traumas and surgeries had likely altered the anatomical location of the ureter in the pelvis, bringing it close enough to the uterus to suffer a burn. After a 2-hour deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of our client.