Defense Verdict in Bronx County
On April 20, 2012, HPM&B received a defense verdict in Bronx County Supreme Court on behalf of a major metropolitan hospital.
The then 40-year-old plaintiff claimed that the hospital and co-defendant attending OB/GYN improperly treated her by administering an excessive amount of fluids (blood products and fluid challenges) after an emergency C-section. Plaintiff subsequently had a difficult three-month hospital course which included: admission to the Intensive Care Unit; the development of ARDS and placement on a ventilator; a tracheostomy, and acute renal failure which necessitated hemodialysis.
HPM&B partner Robert Gibson argued that the Hospital saved plaintiff’s life by performing a STAT C-section due to fetal bradycardia and severe preeclampsia. It was further contended that the Hospital prevented plaintiff’s death by timely providing blood products to combat DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation).
The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Hospital shortly after deliberations began.