July 24, 2017
Clay Edwards successfully defended a general surgeon in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville, Kentucky against allegations of medical malpractice. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendant failed to timely diagnosis a bowel perforation when the decedent presented to the emergency room three days after a hernia repair procedure. Plaintiffs further claim that the decedent’s death was caused by the delay in diagnosis. Mr. Edwards defended the physician by establishing that the defendant acted within the standard of care when treating and assessing the decedent and that the timing of surgery did not cause her death. The defendant’s care was supported by well-qualified expert testimony and, after a four day trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendant. Plaintiffs sought more than $4 million in damages for alleged wrongful death and for loss of consortium for three minor children.