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Jim Kjar and Hannah Dunn get defense award in another case involving bowel perforation

The patient underwent a removal of her gallbladder performed by a general surgeon. Five days post operatively she was admitted with a diagnosis of sepsis. A subsequent surgery found perforations of both her large and small intestines. She was hospitalized for several months and required multiple further surgeries and a permanent colostomy. She claimed damages for lifetime pain and suffering and extensive lost wages due to her inability to return to work. Plaintiff claimed that the number and extent of the perforations proved that the first surgery was performed negligently and that the surgeon missed obvious perforations prior to closing. Experts in surgery and pathology were called by both sides. A retired Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the defense. This was the third bowel perforation case defensed by Jim and Hannah this year.