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Lenville Hall Sr. underwent a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy at Southside Regional Medical Center. For the next eight days, urine accumulated in Hall’s abdomen, which required surgery to repair a severed right ureter.

The surgery was unsuccessful. Hall experienced multiple complications, which included infections and loss of kidney function. He now requires lifetime dialysis.

He sued the surgeon who did the first surgery, alleging that he negligently cut Hall’s ureter and chose not to timely recognize this during the post-operative period.

Hall asserted that his ureter had been pulled from its moorings and that the physician surgeon also should have realized that he had injured the ureter at the time of the surgery.

In addition, Hall claimed that the defendant doctor had failed to access his medical records for four days after the surgery and missed critical information, such as signs of impaired kidney function.

The jury signed a verdict for $6.5 million, which was subject to Virginia’s malpractice cap.

At trial, the attorneys for Hall presented experts in colorectal surgery, infectious disease and urology.

The defendant physician presented an expert in surgery.

The attorneys successfully handling this case for Mr. Hall were Brewster S. Rawls, Wiley J. Latham, IV and Christopher P. Yakubisin.

Hall v. Smith, No. CL 17-5808 (Va. Cir. Ct. Richmond City).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling surgical error lawsuits, misdiagnosis lawsuits, medical negligence cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and birth injury 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 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Joliet, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Oak Lawn, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Lake Zurich, Wheeling, Deerfield, Libertyville, Round Lake Beach, Crystal Lake, North Chicago, Oak Park, Oak Lawn, St. Charles, North Aurora, Chicago (Gold Coast, Garfield Ridge, Archer Heights, Gresham, Hermosa, Homan Square, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, Roscoe Village, Ravenswood Manor, Printer’s Row, Princeton Park, South Shore, Uptown, West Lawn, West Loop, Wrightwood, Norwood Park, Edison Park, East Pilsen, Andersonville, Lakewood-Balmoral, South Loop, Chinatown, Chatham, Calumet Heights), Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Lincolnwood and Norridge, Ill.

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