Following a four-week jury trial, SCBMA Partners Paul D. Bekman and Wendy L. Shiff obtained a verdict on behalf of their clients in a medical malpractice case tried in the Supreme Court of Dutchess County in Poughkeepskie, New York.
Bekman and Shiff represented a resident of Dutchess County who underwent a cardiac catheterization and stent placement at a Dutchess County Hospital. Following the procedure, nurses at the hospital failed to recognize that the patient was exhibiting signs and symptoms of a stent re-occlusion and myocardial infarction (heart attack). No EKG was performed, nor was a physician contacted about the patient for approximately 6 hours. As a result of the dely, the client sustained significant heart damage necessitating a heart transplant.
The case was tried over four weeks before a six-person civil jury. The jury deliberated for 2 days before returning a Plaintiffs’ verdict in the amount of $2.2 million. The verdict is the largest Plaintiffs’ verdict in a medical malpractice case in Dutchess County.