$893,400 Jury Verdict for Negligence in Causing Bowel Injury During Hysterectomy

Dr. Gary Lovell, a gynecologist, performed a hysterectomy procedure on Karri Tingey. She was 49 years old at the time. After this procedure, Dr. Lovell reported that he had discovered and repaired a superficial tear on her sigmoid colon. He did not tell Tingey or her husband,

Within three days of that surgery, Tingey returned to the hospital where she was diagnosed as having sepsis and septic shock. She underwent emergency surgery, which revealed a bowel perforation in the upper area of her rectum.

Tingey and her husband sued Dr. Lovell, alleging that the doctor caused injury to Tingey’s bowel during the hysterectomy, misidentified the location of the injury, and repaired it improperly. Dr. Lovell died during the litigation.

The Tingey family also alleged that Dr. Lovell negligently decided not to inform them of the injury or symptoms to look out for during the postoperative time period. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.

The jury signed a verdict for more than $893,400.

The Tingey family’s attorneys engaged experts in gynecology and general surgery.

The attorneys successfully handling this case were G. Lance Nalder and Breck Barton.

Tingey v. Lovell, No. CV-2017-194 (Idaho Dist. Ct. Madison County, Oct. 10, 2019).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling surgery negligence lawsuits, gynecological negligence cases, labor and delivery injury lawsuits, hospital negligence cases and medical malpractice 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 Morton Grove, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, Winnetka, Highland Park, Fort Sheridan, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Lake Forest, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Addison, Harwood Heights, Forest Park, Maywood, LaGrange, Summit, Evergreen Park, Palos Heights, South Barrington, Harvey, South Holland, Calumet City, Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, Chicago (Roseland, Washington Heights, Beverly, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Englewood, West Lawn, Chicago Lawn, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Chinatown, Lower West Side, West Garfield Park, Wicker Park, Hermosa, Lincoln Park, Ravenswood), Franklin Park, Schiller Park, Rosemont, Palatine and Wheeling, Ill.

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