The jury’s verdict in favor of Esmeralda O. Tripp and against the University of Arizona Health Network, now Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, is the largest civil verdict reported in Arizona to date this year.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the 46 year old Tucson woman, now in a persistent vegetative state, presented to the emergency room with pain and diminished blood clotting capacity. At the time she was seen in the emergency room, Tripp had been taking the blood thinning drug Coumadin because of blood clots in the veins in her legs and lungs in the past, her attorneys say.
The treating physician ordered Profilnine to reverse the effects of Coumadin. Tripp’s lawyers contended that a little more than two hours after getting the Profilnine, Tripp suffered significant blood clots and a heart attack that caused brain damage.
Lawyers for the defendants had argued, among other things, that Tripp did not provide accurate information about her medical history when she went to the emergency room on the afternoon of Sept. 13, 2013, and that they acted appropriately based on the available information.
Christoper J. Smith and Kathleen L. Leary, lawyers for the UA Health Network and other defendants are quoted in The Arizona Daily Star:
Emergency room physicians are regularly faced with making important medical decisions based on the information provided by patients and their families, The physician’s capacity to act quickly on that information is vital to the best patient outcome, and in some cases may even make the difference between life and death.
Appeal is anticipated.
Read about this complicated case in The Arizona Daily Star