Medical Negligence Case – Defense Verdict

Downey v. Hasenauer and Providence, Multnomah County Case No. 1308-11169

This was a medical negligence case filed by Ms. Downey arising out of a contrast enema study performed by Dr. Hasenauer, a radiologist, at Providence Portland Medical Center on August 3, 2011. Ms. Downey sued Dr. Hasenauer and his employer, Radiology Specialists of the Northwest, P.C, for injuries she claims she sustained because of the procedure. Ms. Downey was diagnosed with rectal cancer in September of 2010. She initially underwent chemotherapy and radiation. She then had rectal surgery, involving removal of the cancerous portion of her rectum and resection of her rectum. In August of 2011, her surgeon ordered a contrast enema study, so he could evaluate whether the surgery site in Ms. Downey’s rectum had healed sufficiently. The contrast enema study was performed by Dr. Hasenauer on August 3, 2011. Plaintiff claims that the defendants were negligent in performing the procedure and committed battery on her. Ms. Downey is seeking economic damages of $17,042.46 for past and future medical expenses and $800,000 in non-economic damages. Dr. Hasenauer and his group deny that they were negligent in performing the study or committed a battery on Ms. Downey.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Daniel Lorenz

Defense Counsel – Karen O’Kasey

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – March 13, 2015

March 24, 2015

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