Volga Couple Awarded $1.7 Million In Malpractice SuitMay 7, 2004 | AP A Volga couple has been awarded $1.7 million in a malpractice suit against a former Brookings doctor.
Lanita and Lyle Arndt sued Oldrich Bubenik, a surgeon who practiced in Brookings from 2000 to 2002, based on a surgery he performed on Lanita Arndt.
She was diagnosed with a twisted colon and had to have part of her colon removed at a Brookings hospital in September 2001.
The plaintiffs contended the doctor reattached the colon, which fell apart in less than 24 hours and caused a severe infection. They also said he mismanaged the woman's care while she was hospitalized in Brookings.
The woman was later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital and underwent another surgery, said Russell Janklow, a lawyer for the Arndts.
Lawyers for the defendant could not be reached for comment.
A U.S. District Court jury deliberated six hours before returning the verdict April 30.
The average medical malpractice payment in South Dakota in 2002 was $148,120, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank.