In his 30-plus years an attorney, Louis Levenson estimates that he’s tried only three medical malpractice cases to verdict, but he’ll remember one from last month.

Levenson, a part-time Fulton County, Ga., magistrate, and Levenson & Associates colleague Lori J. Christman netted a $375,000 award for their client, an 85-year-old woman who spent four years complaining of pain, dizziness and nausea until a surgical sponge that had been left inside her abdominal cavity during a bypass surgery was detected and removed.

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