Another Poling Law Victory

Plaintiff alleged that the failure to timely follow up on complaints of difficulty breathing by a post-operative total thyroidectomy patient led to airway compromise and cardiopulmonary arrest from a developing hematoma resulting in anoxic encephalopathy and death.  The theory of our defense was that the patient’s subjective respiratory complaints were unsupported by clinical data. We were able to show that the likely cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrhythmia secondary to underlying cardiac disease.  The jury returned an 8-0 defense verdict after 10 minutes of deliberation.

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