Richmond County Woman Receives $1.57 million Malpractice Settlement
Earlier this summer, Melissa Gravitt won a substantial malpractice suit against her former Augusta OBGYN, Dr. Peter Grossman. According to an article in The Augusta Chronicle, in 2011, the 36 year old Gravitt underwent a laparoscopic surgical procedure to increase her possibility of becoming pregnant. During the operation, she suffered a small bowel perforation. Because bowel perforation is considered an acceptable risk for that type of surgery, it was not the cause for Ms. Gravitt’s claim. It was the doctor’s aftercare negligence that brought the medical malpractice suit.
The day after her surgery, Gravitt went to the emergency room with a high fever, racing pulse, and lower abdominal pain—classic symptoms of a perforated bowel. Four days later, she returned to the emergency room with an elevated white blood cell count, an extended abdomen, and vomiting—more symptoms of a perforated bowel. In spite of these symptoms, Dr. Grossman failed to order a CAT scan for two more days. A CAT scan will reveal almost all perforated bowel injuries. Due to Dr. Grossman’s reluctance to order the CAT scan, Ms. Gravitt was forced to undergo two more invasive surgeries.
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