Case Studies

Summarizing Malpractice After Botched IUD Replacement

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

A gynecologist caused irreversible damage to his patient’s uterus when he failed to remove an old intrauterine device before inserting a new one. The patient would experience severe pelvic pain for six months before discovering that her doctor had made the horrendous error, which resulted in massive uterine perforation, painful adhesions, and a ruptured tubo-ovarian abscess.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., needed a strategic visual presentation that would summarize the doctor’s liability, illustrate the massive amount of damage caused, and demonstrate the surgeries the patient needed as a result of the doctor's negligence. 

 
Robert J. Roorth, Esq., explains how the Digital Injury Summary added enormous leverage in mediation.

Everybody knows that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, but the exhibits and the visuals that High Impact has to offer go beyond just the pictures. They go into creating my client's life, and what he or she will have to endure for the rest of his or her life. So being able to powerfully demonstrate that, whether it be to a witness, to defense counsel, insurance adjuster, or to a jury helps me tremendously in representing my client.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

We built Mr. Rooth a custom Digital Injury Summary equipped with the following capabilities:

  • Illustrated Anatomy Comparison to show the magnitude of damage to the uterus, as compared to a normal uterine anatomy.
  • Colorized Ultrasounds to highlight evidence of cysts, abscesses, and the two IUD's that perforated the area.
  • Animated Ultrasound Demo to show how an Ultrasound Transducer works to collect the radiographic images colorized in the previous section.
  • Animated Surgeries to conclude the Plaintiff's disturbing experience as surgeons cut out parts of her uterine anatomy, removed the IUD, and cleaned out the perforated area.

The following presentation provided Mr. Rooth with strong visual leverage heading into mediation, which convinced the Defense to settle for a large, undisclosed amount.

Having the Digital Injury Summary during discovery allowed me to cross-examine the defendant doctor with greater precision. It helped me take the deposition testimony of the attending surgeons who treated her once the injuries had developed, and allowed not just me, but defense counsel and insurance adjusters to understand the full extent of the injuries. So they knew that we were ready for trial. They had a good grasp of the internal injuries that the negligence had caused. So I think in that particular case it was extremely useful for getting High Impact involved very early.

Robert J. Rooth, The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

Exhibit A: Illustrated Anatomy Comparison

The first section introduces the Plaintiff's damages by comparing the normal anatomy to her damaged anatomy - both before and after the compromised areas were cleaned out. Showing the extent of irreversible destruction alongside her anatomy helped emphasize the level of pain and suffering this malpractice caused for this victim.

 
Comparing Normal VS Damaged Uterine Anatomy

On paper, we can see a procedure described, but when one actually sees how the procedure should be done compared to how it was done, it really aids in establishing liability.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois​

Exhibit B: Colorized Ultrasounds

After introducing viewers to the uterine injuries, we highlighted important points of damage in the patient's Ultrasound films. Colorizing these black-and-white films not only familiarized viewers with what they were seeing; it also anchored the credibility of the illustrations (from Exhibit A) in hard, radiographic evidence.

 
Highlighting Damages in Ultrasounds

Going into damages, the visuals had a huge impact on everybody involved, whether it be myself, the mediator, or even the defense counselor. To see what it really means to have that particular part of the anatomy impacted or affected: it really helps everybody understand not just the injury, but how the injury is going to affect my clients in the future.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

Exhibit C: Animated Ultrasound

This animation helped viewers understand how the colorized ultrasounds (from Exhibit B) were captured. It also added important context to understand where details were located in the radiographic films.

 
Showing How Ultrasounds Work

Going into mediation prepared shows the Defense that I'm ready to go to trial because I've had the exhibits since discovery, and I know the case, and they know that I'm going to be able to clearly demonstrate to the jury how the injury occurred and how it's going to impact my client going forward.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

Animated Surgeries

Finally, after establishing the magnitude and credibility of the Plaintiff's damage claims, this next series of animations walked viewers through all the complicated procedures she needed to undergo to have the IUD removed, parts of her uterus extracted, and the infected areas of perforation cleaned out.

 
Demonstrating Surgical Procedures

The offerings that High Impact has been able to extend to the legal community just keeps moving forward and getting better. Working with Brice and High Impact, it inspires me and motivates me to be a better lawyer to help my clients. It's not just the visuals, but it's the attention to detail, and it's the energy that they bring to the case. Always moving forward; always thinking beyond the envelope is something that I totally ascribe to and I appreciate in both Brice and the company.

Robert J. Rooth, Esq., The Rooth Law Firm, Evanston, Illinois

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