Clay County, Missouri. Defense Verdict
The female plaintiff underwent an abdominoplasty and liposuction performed by our client, a plastic surgeon. Plaintiff required postoperative hospitalization because she was slow to recover after surgery and developed pulmonary issues. She was dismissed after a brief stay and later underwent a minor revision of her abdominoplasty scar. The plaintiff claimed that our client had caused her to develop pulmonary edema through the administration of excessive fluids and that he had failed to give her the aesthetic results she had hoped to obtain. The jury in the first trial returned a defense verdict that was later overturned by the court. A second trial was conducted and another defense verdict was returned for our client. This verdict came less than an hour after the case was submitted to the jury.