$2,000,000 SETTLEMENT FOR INAPPROPRIATE ADMINISTRATION OF BLOOD THINNER MEDICATION FOLLOWING SPINAL SURGERY
Anthony, a 70 year old man, underwent a surgical procedure at a Philadelphia Hospital. In the early postoperative period the hospital staff gave him a blood thinner, Lovenox, to prevent blood clots, however his attending neurosurgeon was not consulted regarding the decision to administer this medication. The use of this blood thinner was contraindicated following the type of spinal surgery that Anthony had and the medication caused the development of an epidural hematoma, bleeding that compressed his spinal cord. As a result of the bleeding he required reoperation to decompress the pressure on his spinal cord, but as a result of the negligence on the part of the hospital staff Anthony developed permanent neurological deficits, including weakness of his legs and bladder and bowel problems. Stephen Raynes and his team secured a settlement of $2 million from the medical providers who were responsible for Anthony’s injury.