$4.09 Million Jury Verdict in Misdiagnosis of Gastric Outlet Obstruction

Jeannette Collins, 46, complained of abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea. She underwent testing, including a CT scan, at a hospital emergency room. The scan revealed a small bowel obstruction.

General surgeons Dr. Ahmad Nuriddin and Dr. Manohar Nallathambi performed surgery on Collins during which they identified a purported gastric outlet obstruction. Because of that blockage, a second procedure was done, which severed a nerve to reduce the reduction of acid. As a consequence of the surgery gone bad, Collins developed paralysis of the stomach and intestines. She now requires a diet of pureed foods.

Collins filed a lawsuit against the general surgeons, Drs. Nuriddin and Nallathambi and their practices, claiming they misdiagnosed her as having a gastric outlet obstruction and performed a second surgery without informed consent. Collins also claimed that these defendants should have ordered a preoperative upper endoscopy study, which would have ruled out gastric outlet obstruction.

Although the jury signed a verdict for $4,090,000, the parties later agreed to settle the case by agreement. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

The attorneys representing Jeannette Collins were Glenn E. Kushel and David L. Turner.

Collins v. Nuriddin, No. 2013 CV 01064C (Ga. St. Ct. Clayton County, June 9, 2015).

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