- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A new trial has been ordered in a Houma couple’s lawsuit against a surgeon for a gallbladder procedure they claim went awry.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/20T0vti) the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in the couple’s favor, ending more than two years of appeals.

In their lawsuit, Richard and Carrie Logan claim that in 2010, Dr. Donald Schwab of Houma cut the wrong connecting structure between Richard Logan’s gallbladder and liver during a standard gallbladder removal procedure. The suit, which sought unspecified damages, claims the error caused bile to leak from the liver and damage the organ.

Former state District Judge Timothy Ellender Sr. dismissed the suit in 2013 after a jury decided there was insufficient evidence to prove medical malpractice.

The high court called Ellender’s action a “miscarriage of justice.”

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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