Cuppy v. Surgical Professionals

VERDICT

Trial
05/11/09 – 05/28/09

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Summary

An appendectomy patient who had been taking the anti-coagulant Coumadin (due to a prior heart valve replacement) died after the attending surgeon allegedly overlooked internal bleeding before completing the operation.

The plaintiff also alleged that the physician failed to obtain informed consent for emergency surgery, and that the patient's acute symptoms had subsided at the time of the surgery decision because the patient did not in fact have appendicitis.

The plaintiff also alleged that the physician over-prescribed Lovenox (a form of Heparin, another anti-coagulant) for DVT prophylaxis, and that the physician did not appropriately respond to the patient's deteriorating condition.

The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.

Outcome

Verdict for the defense

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