Connecticut Hospital Will Appeal $12.5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

Hospital Appeals $12.5 Million Verdict: A Connecticut medical malpractice wrongful death jury awarded $12.5 million against an orthopedic surgeon for the death of a 63-year-old patient who died from a pulmonary embolism three weeks after he had same-day surgery at the defendant hospital (the Tully Center at Stamford Hospital) to repair a quadriceps tendon rupture.

The family’s Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the patient was at high risk for developing a post operative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following the 2015 surgery, and that the standard of care required that the patient be placed on a blood thinner to prevent developing post-surgical blood clots. Allegedly as a result of the failure to provide blood thinners, the patient developed a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung and led to his death.

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The six-person Connecticut medical malpractice jury found the hospital’s owner, Stanford Health, responsible for the verdict against the orthopedic surgeon who worked at the hospital and who had performed the surgery. Stanford Health subsequently stated its intention to appeal the verdict: “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Gilmore family. We are disappointed with the jury’s verdict which we believe is inconsistent with the evidence. We believe that there is no basis for any claim that Dr. Edward Feliciano did not provide appropriate care and we will vigorously pursue an appeal.”

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A medical study from 2012 reported with regard to quadriceps tendon rupture repair surgery complications: “Reported complications included heterotopic ossifications in 6.9% of patients, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in 2.5%, superficial infection in 1.2% and deep infection in 1.1%. It appears that the type of surgical repair does not influence the clinical results. The majority of the studies reported good or excellent ROM and return to the pre-injury activities. The overall rate of re-rupture was 2%.”

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In 2017, the family of a 52-year-old man who died from a pulmonary embolism 50 days after undergoing leg surgery at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Illinois obtained a $3 million Illinois medical malpractice wrongful death verdict. The case involved Edward A. Smolinski of Elmhurst who died when doctors failed to prevent, diagnose, and treat a pulmonary embolus following surgery to repair a quadriceps tendon in his left leg. The case was brought by his wife Margaret and their two children. The Illinois medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleged that from July 20, 2011 through July 28, 2011, doctors and physical therapists failed to recognize signs and symptoms of Smolinski’s pulmonary embolus and did not perform testing to rule out PE. Smolinski died on July 28, 2011 as a result of his injuries less than 2 months after his surgery.

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