Gastroenterologists are physicians who treat a range of pancreatic disorders, colorectal cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers and other conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. When medical malpractice claims arise from complications following GI surgery, gastroenterology expert witnesses are called upon to testify on the medical standard of care involved.
Gary B. Stern filed a lawsuit in March 2014 in Baltimore Circuit Court alleging gastroenterologists Dr. Todd Heller and Dr. Steven Epstein misdiagnosed his intestinal ulcer. Stern went to a hospital emergency department with abdominal pain. He had a medical history of Crohn’s disease. Dr. Heller and Dr. Epstein diagnosed his symptoms as a Crohn’s disease flare up when it was in actuality a perforated ulcer. The hole in his intestines resulted in three years of hospitalizations, a dozen surgeries and the development of short bowel syndrome. Mr. Stern then required 24 hour care and was not able to work. In 2015, the jury awarded more than $14M in future medical and life care expenses, $8M in noneconomic damage, $5M in damages to Stern’s marital relationship and more than $1M in past medical expenses. Mr. Stern passed away on March 9, 2016.
Given the complex and highly technical nature of gastroenterology, only the most experienced and thoroughly vetted GI expert witness can tackle medical malpractice litigation in this field.