August 10, 2004
A Jefferson County jury found in favor of a Louisville pediatrician accused of violating the reasonably competent pediatrician standard after a toddler died of a rectal abscess gone septic. The pediatrician debrided and drained the wound at the hospital, but the Plaintiff alleged that the doctor should have called in a surgeon to have the abscess drained under anesthesia. When the pediatrician sent the child home, he died the next night when the abscess ruptured and traveled to his heart. James Grohmann represented the doctor, and successfully argued that the pediatrician actually exceeded the standard of care in draining the abscess and that the particular heart pathology that killed the child could not have been foreseen.