Appendectomy didn’t remove appendix, caused colon problems

Plaintiff underwent an intended laparoscopic appendectomy which did not remove his appendix, but instead resulted in the transaction of his sigmoid colon. After two days of drainage to his abdomen through the open sigmoid, plaintiff became quite ill and returned to the UVA hospital. He underwent a nine-hour operation to find out what was wrong, including an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect his colon. The surgery ended with the placement of a colostomy…

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Type of action: Medical malpractice
Injuries alleged: Transection of the sigmoid colon and other abdominal injuries
Name of case: Jones v. UVA Health Services Foundation
Court: Albemarle County Circuit Court
Special damages: $383,558
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Amount: $1,500,000
Attorney for plaintiff: Thomas E. Albro, Charlottesville
Insurance carrier: Piedmont Liability Trust