Alabama Family Wins $3 Million in Allegedly Improper Surgery Lawsuit

Alabama Family Wins $3 Million in Allegedly Improper Surgery LawsuitThe family of a deceased Birmingham, Alabama resident who died following an ulcer surgery has been awarded $3 million in their medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where the procedure took place.

Laboyish Catlin died in January 2006 at the age of 37, according to the Birmingham News. His death took place several days after a surgery he received at Baptist Princeton Hospital for a duodenal ulcer. His family alleged that he had bled to death following the surgery due to negligence on the part of the hospital's staff. Furthermore, Catlin was not provided with follow-up care after the operation, and was simply sent home, where he bled to death, the medical malpractice lawsuit states.

The family's medical malpractice attorney said that he expects to see Baptist Princeton Hospital appeal the jury's $3 million verdict. Testimony during the trial claimed that Catlin's health was compromised by anemia, smoking and use of alcohol and over-the-counter pain medication prior to the surgery, and that Catlin's ulcer was allegedly "unusually large and not treatable by standard surgical procedures."

According to the National Institutes of Health, a duodenal ulcer is located in the first part of the small intestine, known as the duodenum, whereas a gastric ulcer is located in the stomach.