Defense Verdict – Medical Negligence Case
Stryffeler v. Jenq, Oregon Cosmetic and Reconstructive Clinic, PC et al, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV37543
This was a medical negligence trial. The plaintiffs were Danny and Mary Stryffeler. They were co-guardians for Latasha Stryffeler, their daughter. The defendants were: (1) Tina Fan Jenq, M.D., Oregon Cosmetic and Reconstructive Clinic; (2) Providence Health and Services; and (3) Mark Strube, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Anesthesia Associates Northwest, LLC. Latasha Stryffeler had surgery on September 1, 2015, at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. The surgery was done to repair a pressure sore on her low back. Latasha was born with spina bifida, a spinal deformity. As a result, she had no physical function below her waist and was wheelchair-bound. She also had a cranial abnormality for which she had a shunt in place to drain fluid from her brain. The plaintiffs claim that Dr. Jenq was negligent in positioning Latasha in the Trendelenberg position for the surgery, failing to monitor Latasha’s intracranial pressures, cerebral perfusion and the functioning of the shunt. The plaintiffs claim that defendant Strube was negligent by giving Latasha an incorrect dosage of anti-seizure medication, assisting Dr. Jenq in positioning Latasha in the Trendelenberg position for surgery, and failing to monitor Latasha’s intracranial pressures during the surgery. The plaintiffs alleged that Providence Health and Services was vicariously liable for Dr. Jenq and Mr. Strube’s care under an apparent agency theory. The plaintiffs alleged that as a result of Dr. Jenq and Mr. Strube’s negligence, Latasha Stryffeler suffered permanent brain damage resulting in a condition called locked-in syndrome. They sought $3,220,000 for past medical and hospital expenses, $15 million dollars in future economic damages, and $20 million dollars in non-economic damages for pain and suffering. The defendants denied that they were negligent and denied that their actions caused injury to Latasha.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Thompson and George Kirklin
Defense Counsel – Karen O’Kasey, Jennifer Oetter, Sheri Browning, and John Pollino
Verdict – Defense Verdict
Date – November 8, 2019