Case Studies

Cardiac Arrest During Dialysis

The plaintiff experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest at a dialysis center. As an expert for the defense I favorably influenced the settlement by pointing out the extensive comorbidities and guarded overall prognosis that were the consequence of a long history of medical noncompliance.

Syncope During Physical Therapy

The plaintiff had a long history of severe aortic stenosis that had remained stable and asymptomatic until she experienced traumatic head injury during physical therapy. The settlement value was favorably influenced for claimant by making clear that her decision to postpone aortic valve surgery was appropriate when she was asymptomatic. Also, a convincing case was made that her deterioration and death over the next six months was the direct consequence of her head injury.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

The claimant had a dialysis catheter that became inadvertently dislodged during dialysis. Plaintiff’s counsel claimed blood loss was the cause of the death. As expert for the defense, I pointed out that the patient had hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) that very likely was the cause of hemodynamic collapse at the time of death. Video graphics were created to educate the jury about HOCM.

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