$825,000 Settlement for Failure to Diagnose a Postoperative “Leak” After Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery

Partner Mitchell Makowicz represented the estate and family of a man who had initially undergone gastric bypass surgery in 2009. It was determined that the decedent required a revision of the initial surgery — and this was performed in January of 2010. Postoperatively, the decedent’s surgeons and other healthcare providers failed to timely diagnose a “leak” at the surgical site. The delay in diagnosis caused the decedent to become septic from severe infection caused by the leak. By the time the leak was diagnosed the decedent needed emergency surgery to repair it. However, the decedent’s condition deteriorated postoperatively, he succumbed to the sepsis and died six hours later. Mitch was able to settle this claim for $825,000.