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Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case

April 23, 2015

Senior Trial Partner Peter T. Crean received a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Westchester County in a wrongful death trial involving a 41-year-old married mother with chest symptoms and rash who was diagnosed with, inter alia, an allergic reaction. The patient was evaluated and discharged from the ED of a major medical center and shortly thereafter died of an aortic dissection. Plaintiff claimed that the hospital staff and nurses mischaracterized the patient’s symptoms, thereby preventing a proper work up for a more serious cardiac or vascular condition by the attending physicians. The trial involved in-depth analysis of the clinical significance of the signs, symptoms and pathology. The three-week trial involved many experts including many emergency medicine experts.

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