NJ Court Nixes Doctor's Win In Gallbladder Surgery Suit

Law360, New York (August 15, 2017, 1:40 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey appellate court on Tuesday revived a patient’s suit against the surgeon she accused of botching a gallbladder surgery, ruling that the trial judge improperly allowed testimony that defended against a claim the patient hadn’t made, which “diverted the jury’s attention.”

The trial court judge was wrong to allow Stephen A. Chagares, a surgeon who allegedly clipped a necessary duct when removing Alexandra Granovsky’s gallbladder, to offer evidence that Granovsky gave informed consent to the procedure, despite the fact that Granovsky did not include...
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