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Date: 09-29-2021

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Perla Melendez v. Carlos Adrian Egas, M.D.

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Court: In the District Court in and for Oklahoma County, Oklahoma

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Defendant's Attorney: L. Earl Ogletree

Description: Oklahoma City, OK: Personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on medical malpractice theory claiming to have suffered more than $10,000 in injuries and/or damages as a direct result of Defendants failure to exercise due care and by providing substandard medical care.

On or about November 16, 2017, Defendant Dr. Carlos Egas performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) surgery on Plaintiff, Perla Melendez. Plaintiff was discharged from the hospital the same day.

Plaintiff continued to follow up with Dr. Egas postoperatively. On or about November 25, 2017, Plaintiff went to the emergency room at Integris Southwest Medical Center with complaints of abdominal pain. On January 16, Plaintiff underwent billary reconstruction surgery with Dr. Kohll at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

Plaintiff contended that the Defendant was negligent in his care of her and department from acceptable medical standards of care. She further alleged that as a result of Dr. Egas's negligence, she was entitled to damages to compensate her for her pain and suffering and medical expenses she incurred related to the treatment and repair of her billary ducts.

Dr. Egas contended that Plainntiff's alleged injuries were not caused by any negligence on his part and that his care at all times met or exceeded the standard of care. Defendant denied the allegations of the Plaintiff and requested that the jury find in his favor on her claims.

Outcome: The jury found in favor of the Defendant.

Plaintiff's Experts: Jeffrey Fronsa, M.D.

Defendant's Experts: Christopher D. Carey, M.D.

Comments: Editor's Comment: Damage to biliary ducts is very injurious and is a result of the surgeon failing to clearly identify the ducts leading from the liver.

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