January, 2023

After a six-day trial, Partners Kevin O’Hara and Paul Nugent obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a gastroenterologist in St. Augustine, Florida. Plaintiffs alleged that the Defendant caused a bowel perforation during preparation of the bowel for a colonoscopy procedure and the subsequent death of the Plaintiff’s 73-year-old husband. Expert witnesses on behalf of the Defendant physician testified that, had the decedent taken the advice of the general surgeon and opted for surgical resection, the bowel perforation would not have occurred, and more likely than not, the patient would have survived. Counsel for Plaintiffs asked for $12.25 Million in their closing argument. The jury deliberated and returned a defense verdict.