Aortic Valve Replacement Medical Negligence Case
Thompson v. OHSU, Multnomah County Case No. 15CV01533
This was a wrongful death medical negligence case brought on behalf of the estate of Marie Jackson. Ms. Jackson underwent aortic valve replacement surgery in 2013. She remained in the hospital post-surgery, and after initially showing signs of improvement, her condition began to worsen due to a collection of fluid in her chest. Several efforts were made to remove the fluid using a pigtail catheter but they were unsuccessful and she did not survive. Her estate alleged medical negligence by defendant OHSU and its medical professionals. The allegations included: failing to manage the fluid collection by using diuretics; failing to remove a sufficient amount of the fluid; and failing to have Jackson’s care managed by more experienced and/or specialized providers after initial efforts to remove the fluid were unsuccessful. The estate sought $3,600,000 in damages.
OHSU denied that they were negligent.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Gutzler
Defense Counsel – Rodney Norton
Verdict – Defense Verdict
Date – October 12, 2016November 10, 2016