Summary Judgment Dismissal

HPM&B recently obtained dismissal of an action on behalf of two neurosurgeons, a vascular surgeon, and a major Long Island hospital. Plaintiff was admitted to the hospital to undergo spinal surgery, which was performed by our two neurosurgeons. During the procedure, an arterial line was placed in plaintiff’s arm to monitor vital signs.  Plaintiff subsequently developed numbness in the arm where the line was placed, and a blood clot was diagnosed and de-clotted. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to timely diagnose and treat the clot. HPM&B moved for summary judgment dismissal of the claims against these defendants, arguing that they had no involvement with respect to the placement of the arterial line, and that any complaints of numbness were timely appreciated and acted upon. Rather than oppose our motion, plaintiff’s counsel discontinued all claims against these defendants.