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Blood Clotting from Laser Surgery Costs Doctor Dearly

A Jefferson County jury has awarded the plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit the sum of $3.7 million. This may be the largest settlement that has ever been granted in the county in such a lawsuit.

The plaintiff, Marie Clayton alleged both wrongful death and medical malpractice for her husband, Robert Clayton, who died December 16, 2009 and named Dr. Dr. Manoj Desai, a urologist as the defendant.

Court documents state that Robert Clayton underwent a laser treatment for an enlarged prostrate performed by Desai. Approximately one month later, Robert Clayton found blood in his urine and was instructed by Desai to go to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Clayton was admitted to the hospital on December 14, 2009.

Robert Clayton underwent surgery two days later and suffered a massive pulmonary embolism that ended his life.

Blood clots, which cause such pulmonary embolism can be prescribed to prevent the clots from forming. In Clayton’s case, however, since he was undergoing surgery, such drugs would not have been appropriate. Instead, the blood clot could have been prevented by making Clayton get up and walk down the hall or using anti-thrombosis stockings, support hose.

The plaintiff asserts that Dr. Desai failed to consider the hospital’s recommendation that Robert Clayton was at high risk for deep-vein thrombosis, a blood clot, and didn’t prescribe the preventative actions be taken.

No matter what a physician’s reputation is, sometimes they can make a mistake that can change the lives of patients in ways that are both permanent and tragic. Because medical malpractice cases are some of the most complex and technical of all personal injury lawsuits, having a lawyer who is both experienced in malpractice law and dedicated to the rights of patients and their families is essential.

At Bottar and Leone PLLC, our attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice and medical negligence law have years of experience. We are committed to protecting the rights of patients and see that they receive every dollar that their case is worth.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence by a physician or other health professional, please contact us today. Our offices will schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your case.