Jeff Ryan and Matt Loving successfully defended an orthopaedic surgeon in a case where a patient undergoing hip replacement surgery went into shock while in the recovery room and despite recussitative efforts, died. At the time of autopsy the medical examiner identified a tear in the external iliac vein from a screw used to fixate the acetabular cup during the procedure. The plaintiffs (husband and three adult children) alleged the doctor was negligent in the size selection and placement of the fixation screw. In addition, plaintiffs alleged that the doctor was negligent in failing to properly respond to her decreased blood pressure and related shock following the procedure. The Jury found no negligence on the part of the surgeon.
Attorneys: Jeffrey W. Ryan; Matt Loving