Decision Date: September 14, 2016
Case Number: 13-CV-0623
State of Wisconsin/Circuit Court/Rock County
Medical Malpractice

Jury Trial

In a three-day medical negligence trial, defense counsel Barrett Corneille and Melita Mullen successfully defended a general surgeon. Plaintiff claimed that during a colorectal procedure to remove a cancerous tumor this physician negligently stapled her vaginal wall. She alleged that this resulted in a rectovaginal fistula and her treatment required a permanent colostomy. Defendants’ two medical experts successfully explained to the jury that the patient had suffered a known and not uncommon complication called an anastomotic leak, which lead to infection, an abscess and, ultimately the fistula. Medical damages were the subject of a pretrial stipulation, but liability and causation remained contested at trial. After a one-hour deliberation, the jury found no negligence on the part of the defendant physician.

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