Informed Consent Brain Surgery Verdict

Martin v. OHSU, Multnomah County Case No. 1401-00960

In November of 2011, Plaintiff Martin was diagnosed with a basilar tip brain aneurism. She was admitted to OHSU for surgery in 2012. She had a stroke as a result of the surgery and is now permanently wheelchair bound. She also suffered a collapsed lung as a result of the placement of a feeding tube.  Martin alleged that she did not give informed consent for the procedure and that the feeding tube was negligently placed. She sought $1,000,000.00 in economic damages and $3,000,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Defendant OHSU responded that Martin had three separate meetings with doctors to discuss the procedure, risks and alternatives. Defendant also asserted that plaintiff signed an informed consent form which specifically listed “stroke” and “neurologic deficits” as known risks of the procedure. Defendant OHSU denied negligence in the feeding tube placement.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Andrew Teitelman and William Hedges

Defense Counsel – Karen O’Kasey

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – November 19, 2015

November 30, 2015

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