Stroke trial — Trial: Neurologist sued in a case involving a 50-year-old male diagnosed with a mild stroke caused by vertebrobasilar stenosis. The patient was started on antiplatelet therapy and was discharged with the agreement of defendant neurologist. Plaintiffs alleged the neurologist should have transferred the patient to a local hospital with a stroke center for evaluation and potential endovascular treatment of the intracranial vascular lesion. The patient had a second stroke several days later leaving him incapacitated in a "locked-in" state. Over $10 million in damages were black-boarded at trial. The defense of the case at trial focused on the appropriateness of the defendant neurologist's care which was consistent with the guidelines established by the American Stroke Association. Result:Defense verdict. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.
Brain damaged baby trial.
Trial: Alleged birth asphyxia and cerebral palsy of a term pregnancy delivery. The parents followed Bradley Method natural child birth during labor. Plaintiffs' alleged the child should have been delivered by cesarean section two hours earlier for indications of fetal distress. The case was tried over four full weeks. Result: Defense verdict.
Brain damaged baby trial — Trial: Alleged preterm delivery and mismanagement of preeclampsia resulting in cerebral palsy. The parents presented to their OB's office and their visit was rescheduled. The patient developed preeclampsia and was ultimately hospitalized with a preterm delivery at 29 weeks. Plaintiff alleged that the patient should have been treated with bed rest for severe preeclampsia allowing the pregnancy to continue for several weeks. Result: Defense verdict.
VP SHUNT MALFUNCTION
Trial: Legal blindness in a 26 year old female allegedly caused by a neurosurgeon's failure to diagnose a VP shunt malfunction during a consultation. Plaintiff alleged the diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri was an error and the failure to order additional testing of the shunt was below the standard of care. Result: Unanimous defense verdict.
Spinal surgery trial — Trial: 30 year old female with L3-4 herniation and cauda equina syndrome underwent laminectomy, discectomy, PLIF, and screw fixation by defendant neurosurgeon. The patient experienced persistent cauda equina surgery and underwent two additional procedures. Plaintiff alleged excessive retraction of cauda equina and improper right L4 screw placement caused a foot drop and left the patient wheelchair bound. A lack of informed consent claim was also alleged. Result: Defense Verdict. The verdict was not appealed.