Sheehy, Serpe & Ware Successfully Defends Bariatric Surgeon in Medical Malpractice Case


Houston, Texas (PRWeb) May 22, 2006 — A Harris County jury found no liability for a local bariatric surgeon’s decision not to remove a gastric bypass patient’s gallbladder during surgery, even though the surgeon knew the patient had a gallstone. The patient alleged that she suffered extended post-operative nausea, vomiting, and pain because of the surgeon’s decision. After a ten-day trial, the jury deliberated less than two hours before returning a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the surgeon. Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, P.C. shareholder, Ann P. Watson, headed the defense team for the doctor.

The firm successfully argued that the surgeon’s professional decision did not deviate from the accepted medical standard of care. Rather, the patient’s post-operative symptoms resulted from known complications of bariatric surgery and were unrelated to the patient’s gallbladder condition.

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