Fulton County Atlanta Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Posted on Feb 10, 2010

In the State Court of Fulton County, the jury deliberated for 13 hours before returning a $515,000 verdict in a medical malpractice death claim.  Defendants denied any violation in the standard of care and argued that the patient's death was a result of unexpected complications.  Plaintiff's decedent underwent abdominal surgery for a perforated duodenal ulcer.  Defendant chose not to give the patient any medication to prevent blood clots after surgery.  He followed the patient in his office for three weeks and she also consulted her primary care physician.  Decedent experienced a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that broke loose and caused a fatal pulmonary embolus (PE).  Plaintiff alleged that Defendants violated the standard of care in failing to provide DVT prophylaxis following abdominal surgery, preventing a DVT from forming in the first place and then failure to timely refer the patient to the hospital, resulting in a fatal PE.