Plaintiff sought damages for the alleged wrongful death
James L. Hough obtained a defense verdict in Lake County, Indiana on behalf of his client, a Cardiologist from Munster, Indiana. In July of 2011, the patient, a 71 year old woman, was admitted to the hospital for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. She was prescribed the anticoagulant Lovenox (given as injections) due to her risk for stroke. Pradaxa, an oral anticoagulant, was then added with the intent to discontinue Lovenox after 2 or 3 days. After the second full day on both Lovenox and Pradaxa, the patient developed an abdominal bleed that could not be stopped due to the presence of anticoagulants, and she unfortunately died. Allegations against the Cardiologist included:1) overlapping Lovenox and Pradaxa, 2) not discovering the bleeding with reasonable promptness, and 3) taking insufficient measures to treat the bleeding once discovered.
The case was tried over six days and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant in under two hours.