May 26, 1999
Donald Brown successfully defended a Louisville internist from charges of medical negligence after failing to diagnose a fatal blockage of a patient’s coronary artery. The Plaintiff asserted that had the physician performed a stress test at any one of the numerous checkups, the blockage would have been discovered and the patient saved. The Plaintiff sought over 6.9 million dollars in damages, five million for the consortium claim of the victim’s young son. The defense countered, saying the doctor’s treatment was proper and the cause of death uncertain, especially in light of no autopsy. After ten days of trial, the Jefferson County jury concurred, awarding no damages.