Defense Verdict in Henry County Claim of Medical Malpractice
Partners Eric Frisch and Broderick Harrell obtained a defense verdict for two hospitalists in the State Court of Henry County. Plaintiffs alleged that a 63 year old patient died of undertreated low blood pressure, which led to decreased blood flow to the heart, eventual cardiopulmonary arrest, and death. The patient was admitted to the floor from the emergency department by one of the defendant hospitalists. The records reflected a phone call over night to the second defendant hospitalist, who did not remember receiving the call. The defense successfully showed that the patient presented with viral gastroenteritis that was diagnosed and treated appropriately, but the virus attacked her heart, leading to myocarditis, a rare and frequently fatal condition that is difficult to diagnose and treat.