Our client, a 55 year old woman, went into surgery for an abdominal hysterectomy. During the surgery, her bowel was perforated by the surgeon. This resulted in another surgery to repair the perforation. She became infected due to the fecal matter released from the bowel perforation, causing her incision to open up and stay open for over two years after the surgery. The defendants claimed that they operated within the standard of care. We were able to show that it was an inexperienced resident at the teaching hospital who did the perforation, not the attending surgeon. The case settled with the hospital for a confidential amount only three weeks before trial.