Oklahoma’s average malpractice award payment is $230,787. The national average is $285,218.
Malpractice Verdicts of Note
2012 – Plaintiff underwent a bilateral breast reduction performed by Defendant plastic surgeon. Plaintiff alleges that after the procedure, she experienced sores that oozed at several incision sites. At the time, the Defendant assured her that she was healing properly and that the incisions looked fine. A year and a half later, Plaintiff returned to the Defendant complaining of a foul odor coming from the incision sites. Defendant determined that she likely retained a stitch from the surgery that had not dissolved. Her performed an in-office procedure to remove the object, a procedure that Plaintiff claimed was very painful and that she had not been properly informed of the procedure or she would not have consented to it. After continuing to experience problems with her incisions, Plaintiff consulted another plastic surgeon. He determined she had not suffered an abscess, and diagnosed her with hidradenitis suppurativa (a chronic skin condition that features pea-sized to marble-sized lumps under the skin), requiring surgical excision and skin grafting. Plaintiff filed suit as a result in the two year delay in proper treatment and the permanent, painful and disfiguring scarring. An Oklahoma jury awarded the Plaintiff $4,375.00.