$109.76 Million Jury Verdict for the Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Negligence in Laparoscopic Gynecological Surgery

Lisa-Maria Carter, 45, was seen as an outpatient at Tampa General Hospital to remove an ovarian cyst. The staff physician, Dr. Larry Glazerman, performed a Hassan laparoscopic procedure aided by two resident physicians.

During the surgery, Dr. Glazerman transected Carter’s bowel. She was admitted to the patient floor several hours after the surgery. She experienced severe pain and abnormally low blood pressure. In addition, her incision opened, discharging a large amount of bloody fluid.

Carter’s condition continued to worsen until she was diagnosed as suffering from acute respiratory failure, hypotension, organ failure and sepsis.

Two days after the laparoscopy, Carter underwent the first of two emergency surgeries, which revealed an almost complete transection of her colon.

Carter required amputation of all four limbs and underwent additional surgeries to treat her injuries. She had been a defense analyst earning up to $150,000 annually but now requires 24-hour care.

Carter sued the Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida, whose medical school staffed over half of the hospital and which employed Dr. Glazerman. The lawsuit alleged that the surgeon negligently transected her colon and then chose not to timely recognize and treat the colon injury.

The jury returned a verdict for Carter for more than $109.76 million.

The attorneys successfully handling this tragic case were Kennan Dandar, Thomas Dandar and Timothy Dandar.

At trial, the Carter attorneys presented experts in critical care, urogynecology, nursing, economics and rehabilitation.

The attorneys representing the University of South Florida presented experts in economics, rehabilitation and gynecology.

Carter v. Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida, No. 12-CA-9942 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Hillsborough County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling birth trauma injury lawsuits, gynecological injury lawsuits, misdiagnosis cases, medical negligence lawsuits, hospital negligence lawsuits and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Maywood, River Forest, Forest Park, Glencoe, Northfield, South Barrington, Alsip, Blue Island, South Holland, Lynwood, Lansing, Niles, Northbrook, Roselle, Salk Village, Worth, Winnetka, Willow Springs, Streamwood, Richton Park, Palos Hills, Chicago (Uptown, Chicago Lawn, South Lawndale, McKinley Park, Irving Park, Magnificent Mile, Loyola University Area, The Loop, Lincoln Park, Dunning, Near South Side, Chatham, Clearing, Brighton Park, Big Oaks, Beverly Woods, East Side, Fulton River District, Belmont Cragin, Diversey Harbor, Logan Square, Washington Heights, Near North Side, Oriole Park, Polish Village), Country Club Hills, Countryside, Calumet Park, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Forest View, Frankfort, Naperville, Aurora, Robbins, Lake Forest and Lake Zurich, Ill.

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