March 3, 2004
A Louisville Ob-Gyn recommended surgery for treatment of a vaginal prolapse. The surgery proceeded routinely, but afterwards the patient complained of chest pains. The physician prescribed anti-heartburn medicine, but soon thereafter the patient died of a myocardial infarction. The Plaintiff argued that, (1) since a pre-operative EKG indicated cardiac abnormalities, the physician should not have operated in the first place, and (2) when the patient complained of heart pains, the doctor should have examined the patient’s condition more closely. James Grohmann led the defense’s rebuttal, arguing that that the patient was indeed a suitable candidate for the surgery, adverse heart condition and all. Furthermore, the defense argued that after the myocardial infarction, there was no amount of medical intervention that would have changed the end result. The Jefferson County jury agreed with the defense, awarding no damages.