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Defense Verdict in Emergency Medicine Case in Spalding County

May 12, 2017

Partner Eric Frisch and associate Winter Wheeler obtained a defense verdict Spalding County, Georgia for a physician and physician assistant in a case alleging failure to transfer a patient with a surgical emergency fast enough. The case arose out of a patient who presented to the emergency department after suffering a high pressure injection injury involving paint thinner to the left middle finger. At the time of presentation, the physician was transferring a different patient with a hand injury to a hand surgeon. After the physician assistant and physician both saw the plaintiff, they asked the unit secretary to locate a second hand surgeon and accepting facility. The unit secretary was unable to locate an alternative. The original hand surgeon was called again and his hospital accepted the plaintiff 7.5 hours after presentation. Plaintiffs alleged the delay in treatment caused him to lose the tip of his finger. Two issues complicated the case, including the defendant physician’s voluntary surrender of her license for a substance use issue and an attempt by the plaintiffs to impute liability for the non-party unit secretary’s negligence to the physician.

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