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 led by more experienced and 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, 2016

November 10, 2016

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