Healthcare Group Obtains Win for Doctor Alleged to Have Provided Negligent Care to Patient
On May 1, 2012, Anna Bryan and Debra Weinrich obtained a defense verdict in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas in a case that took eight years to reach trial, and was tried over the course of a week.
Anna and Debbie successfully defended an internal medicine specialist who was alleged to have been negligent in providing care in an Emergency Room setting to a 47-year-old man who had waxing and waning neurologic symptoms over the course of several hours. The plaintiff's symptoms ultimately became fixed and he was left with significant deficits including a wholly flaccid dominant hand and arm and he was no longer able to continue as a physical education teacher.
The central claim at issue was an allegedly negligent failure to administer Tissue Plasminogen Activator ( t-PA), which in turn eliminated an alleged opportunity to avoid injury, including the plaintiff’s permanent residual physical limitations. The defense argued that in 2002, when the care and treatment was provided, t-PA was not indicated, and even further, it was contraindicated given the plaintiff’s specific clinical presentation. Moreover, when providing care and treatment, the defendant physicians had verbally consulted appropriate specialists who were not physically present in the hospital.
The jury reached their unanimous decision within 70 minutes.