CVN’s Feature Trial for October — available gavel-to-gavel and on demand to all of our FREE CVN account members — saw a Georgia doctor cleared at trial over a patient’s death following hernia surgery. Morgan v. Hixon, 2012-CV-224094.
Letha Johnson suffered from sepsis and ultimately died months after a 2011 hernia surgery performed by Dr. Clarence Hixon. Johnson’s relatives contend that an injury to Johnson’s pancreas during the surgery led to internal bleeding and subsequent complications that turned deadly.
The five-day trial, in Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court, turned on Hixon’s care after the surgery.
Johnson’s family, represented by Michael Harper P.C.’s Michael Harper, argued Hixon failed to properly diagnose or treat Johnson’s internal bleeding. Hixon’s defense team led by then-Owen Gleaton attorneys Mark Melisky and Rolfe Martin argued the weight of expert opinion supported the finding that Hixon had properly treated Johnson.
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