|Sarah Baker obtains defense verdict for physician in Chester County death case|
After a two-and-a-half-week medical malpractice trial in Chester County, PA, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Sarah Baker’s client, the medical director of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. The facility, located near Kennett Square, admitted the Plaintiffs’ decedent, a 23-year-old young man, with addiction to multiple substances, for detoxification treatment. The patient was placed on several medications to assist with his detoxification by the medical director, but was found unresponsive on the floor of his room eight days into his treatment, and could not be revived.
The medical director testified that his choice of detoxification medications was appropriate, and that the patient was properly monitored and examined while at the facility. The Plaintiffs claimed that worrisome vital signs were not timely addressed. The defense experts testified that changes in vital signs are normal in detoxification, and the medications prescribed were appropriate and non-contributory to the patient’s death.
After nearly two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict.