Multi-Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Verdict
Merez v. Tuality Healthcare, Multnomah County Case No. 1212-16439
Plaintiff was taken to the Emergency Room at Tuality Hospital after suffering an apparent stroke. While there he came under the care of defendant – a neurologist. Two days later plaintiff was released from the hospital without an MRA or CTA test done to determine the cause of the stroke. No testing was done to rule out serious life threatening conditions such as as basilar artery stenosis. After being home for 48 hours plaintiff had another, more significant, stroke. He was rushed back to the hospital and to defendant’s care. This time a MRA was performed and significant stenosis of the basilar artery was discovered. Plaintiff was discharged from the hospital two days later and told there was nothing that could be done – he would die. Plaintiff was not referred to a stroke specialist or advised about interventional/endovascular therapy. Plaintiff then suffered a third stroke and became partially paralyzed, and totally and permanently disabled. Plaintiff sought $3,432,873 in economic damages for past and future medical bills, life care and past and future wage losses. Plaintiff also sought $2,500,000.00 in non-economic damages. His wife sought $1,500,000 in non-economic damages for loss of consortium.
Defendant denied liability.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – James Huegli
Defense Counsel – John Hart
Verdict – $4,745,469.00
Date – June 24, 2014
June 29, 2014