Gajewski v. Defendant Hospitalist Physician

  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Flannery)10/25/2007
    Client: Defendant Hospitalist Physician
    Outcome: Defense Verdict

Synopsis:

The defendant, an internist employed as a hospitalist, began anticoagulation therapy on a 79-year-old inpatient because of atrial fibrillation, a past history of old stroke that was previously undiscovered, and because of multiple DVTs found during a hospitalization for pneumonia and broken ribs suffered in a fall.

The patient was concurrently given aspirin, Lovenox, and Coumadin, which plaintiff claimed was contraindicated. The patient died of a large retroperitoneal bleed.

The jury returned a defense verdict after only 40 minutes of deliberations.