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In a medical malpractice wrongful death case, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen A. Tyler, secured a defense verdict in favor of his hospital client after six days of trial.  The case involved an elderly female patient admitted to the hospital for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.  Due to the patient’s risk for stroke, she was placed on an anticoagulant. Her physician then prescribed an oral anticoagulant with the intention of discontinuing the first coagulant after two to three days of use.  After the second full day using both anticoagulants, the patient developed an abdominal bleed which could not be stopped due to the presence of the blood thinners, and died.   The plaintiff, the family of the decedent, charged the hospital and physician with negligence, claiming the blood thinners should not have been given together.  The defense convincingly argued that the use of the two anticoagulants together was appropriate and within the standard of care in July 2011, when the patient was hospitalized, and that the outcome in the case was not reasonably foreseeable.  After two hours of deliberations, the jury delivered a defense verdict in favor of the hospital and the co-defendant physician.

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