Surgeon ordered to pay $9.4 million

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A Lawrence Superior Court jury has awarded Marcos Aguirre $9.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed accusing a surgeon of failing to properly treat his post-surgery complications, resulting in “severe and permanent personal injuries.”  Aguirre sued Jonathan Gordon, who treated him at Lawrence General Hospital, for medical malpractice and negligence over the matter.

Aguirre’s attorneys presented proof that Gordon failed to properly treat him for an abdominal infection, resulting in a post-operative intestinal leak in 2013.  Gordon “failed to properly recognize and appreciate the signs and symptoms of an anastomotic leak and advanced sepsis,” and “failed to inform Mr. Aguirre that his post-surgical condition may be indicative of an anastomotic leak,” according to court documents.  Aguirre required seven additional surgeries, eighteen hospitalizations, and wore a colostomy bag for more than a year.

A total $7.5 million was ordered to Marcos Aguirre for pain, suffering, and loss of companionship, and $1.9 million was awarded to his wife, Janet Aguirre, for loss of consortium damages.  Records indicate Gordon has made two prior malpractice payments, in 2008 and 1999, yet his license is still active, and he has been practicing for more than twenty years.  Gordon is currently licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  His expertise is listed as a general surgeon.

Thanks to Sarah E. Teller and LegalReader.com.