The family of a young patient alleged wrongful death due to cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, following placement of an epidural thoracic blood patch for a CSF leak post breast-reduction surgery. The plaintiffs alleged that the blood patch should have been placed closer to the dural puncture, which it was not. The plaintiffs requested $60 million based on the grief of their loss. The involved hospital entity settled their claim in advance of trial. The remaining claim against our physician Member was soundly disputed through the discovery process, focus-group research, and the testimony and support of well-qualified medical experts.
Result: Defense verdict. King County Superior Court, Judge Cahan