Poole v. Regents (UCDMC)

Sacramento Superior Court – 22 trial days, September – October 1997. Plaintiffs alleged negligent performance of thoraco-ileal bypass, resulting in transection of small bowel by graft itself, ultimately resulting in bowel obstruction, sepsis, need for re-operation, etc.  Workup and treatment of the patient was complicated by the presence of severe radioenteritis as a result of treatment in the 50s with high dose radiation for a Wilms’s tumor. Claimed damages of general failure to thrive, failure to be gainfully employed at prior levels, pain and suffering etc. Plaintiffs requested $500,000.00 in closing argument. Last demand, $250,000.00. Last offer, none. Defense verdict. No appeal.