No Fault Verdict Returned in Favor of Hinkle Law Firm Client.
A Sedgwick County jury affirmed a no fault verdict in favor of a Hinkle Law Firm client who is an internal medicine physician.
A 44 year old male underwent an anterior lumbar inter-body fusion. The patient had a history of blood clotting disorder, deep vein thrombosis, back pain, and was a two-pack a day smoker for 25 years.
Approximately a week before surgery, the patient’s Coumadin was stopped. Postoperatively, the patient was treated with Heparin, TED compression hose, sequential compression devices and mobilization for DVT prevention after surgery, however, his Coumadin was not restarted by the Surgeon or the Hospitalist.
Four days after the patient was discharged from the hospital, he suffered a rectus sheath hematoma which resulted in hospitalization. In addition, he suffered a DVT and pulmonary embolism. He was hospitalized for ten (10) days, treated and discharged. The plaintiff contended that he suffered from shortness of breath and pulmonary hypertension as a result of the PE.
The plaintiff’s attorney alleged that the doctor and hospitalist failed to communicate in order to restart the Coumadin before the patient was discharged from the hospital, and the doctors failed to inform the plaintiff of the risk resulting in not resuming Coumadin after surgery.
Attorney Gregory Young vigorously defended the Hospitalist’s care. The Jury returned a favorable verdict, finding that neither the Surgeon nor Hospitalist deviated from the standard of care and were not negligent.