Randall C. Monroe and Teresa Maher obtained a directed verdict in aortic dissection/death case
Randall C. Monroe and Teresa Maher tried a medical malpractice case and obtained a directed verdict in favor of their critical care specialist client. The plaintiff’s decedent was a 73 year old man who presented to the emergency room following a syncopal episode at work. He was hypotensive and bradycardic, and reportedly had overdosed on his anti-hypertensive medication. He was admitted to the intensive care unit, and the defendant critical care specialist was his ICU attending physician. Around the time the patient was transferred from the emergency room to the ICU, he reportedly developed severe, 10 out of 10, back pain. Approximately three hours after arriving in the ICU, the patient arrested and could not be resuscitated. At autopsy, he was found to have an aortic dissection that had dissected retrograde into the pericardial sac, causing a hemopericardium. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to obtain a CT scan in timely fashion, which would have diagnosed the dissection. The plaintiff’s decedent left a wife and three adult children as his next of kin. The plaintiff’s attorney requested $1.75 million of the jury.