Medical malpractice suit claims liver damaged during gall bladder surgery

By David Yates | Mar 26, 2008

Reaud, Morgan, & Quinn attorney Trenton Bond has filed a medical-malpractice suit on behalf of a woman who claims the doctor performing her gall bladder surgery damaged her liver.

Tammy Johnson filed suit against Dr. Lorenzo K. Sampson in Jefferson County District Court on March 20.

It may be a typographical or other type of error, but Bond wrote that jurisdiction is proper in Jefferson County because a "substantial part of this cause of action arose in Liberty County� and Sampson maintains an office in Liberty County and in fact treated the Plaintiff in Liberty County."

According to the plaintiff's petition, on Aug. 24, 2006, Dr. Sampson performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on Johnson to remove her gall bladder at Cleveland Memorial Hospital. During the surgery, Dr. Sampson "negligently clipped the ducts leading from the liver so close to the liver that it would not let bile pass, forcing bile to back up into Plaintiff's liver, causing her severe pain and life threatening injuries."

"Due to Defendant's negligence, Plaintiff was required to undergo additional medical treatment and reconstructive surgery from another doctor," the suit said. "Furthermore, Plaintiff will be required to have additional tests performed every three to six months for the rest of her life, and may require additional surgeries in the future."

The suit continues by alleging Dr. Sampson was negligent in the following ways:

  • Failing to make every effort to clearly define any doubtful anatomy prior to cutting any ducts during the conduct of the operation;
  • Failing to define the biliary anatomy by performing an intraoperative cholangiogram by any one of a number of methods prior to transecting any ducts;
  • And cutting the common bile duct instead of the cystic duct.

    "The Defendant violated his lawful duties to provide the medical care that would have been provided by physicians of ordinary prudence under the same or similar circumstances, in that he negligently failed to provide the professional care which meets the standard care of an average qualified health care provider," the suit said.

    Johnson is suing for past and future, conscious pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, medical care, physical impairment, and physical disfigurement.

    Judge Bob Wortham, 58th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

    Case No. A181-469

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