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Ng Obtains Defense Verdict for Cardiologist in Case Involving Discontinuance of Blood-Thinner

March 15, 2019
Richard Ng (Partner-New York) obtained a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of a cardiologist alleged to have improperly stopped blood-thinning medication for a man in his early 50s who had a stent placed in his heart to open a 95% blockage, resulting in a massive heart attack. Prior to the heart attack, the plaintiff was an avid hiker and biker. The patient’s heart function was impaired, requiring surgery to place a defibrillator inside his chest to help protect against a future heart attack. Plaintiff’s pre-trial demand was $3.5 million and during closing arguments the attorney asked the jury for a total of $7.5 million to compensate the patient and his wife for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of spousal services. Richard successfully convinced the jury that the cardiologist appropriately weighed the risks and benefits of continuing the patient on blood thinning medication. He also was able to convince the jury that the decision to stop the medication was appropriate because the risk of potential life-threatening bleeding outweighed the potential benefit of continuing the drug to prevent a blood clot from forming within the stent. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.

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