Heather Hansen and Paul E. Peel recently obtained a defense verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon in a medical malpractice action in Delaware County.

Plaintiffs’ allegations of negligence related to the care rendered following the performance of a total knee arthroplasty performed by the defendant physician. Plaintiffs claimed that the defendant failed to utilize appropriate infection prophylaxis and failed to administer post-operative antibiotics, which ultimately led to the development of infection. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant physician deviated from the standard of care by failing to timely recognize and treat the infection.

The defense maintained that the plaintiff did not exhibit any signs or symptoms indicative of infection following the surgery, through the time that the plaintiff was treating with the defendant physician.

After a five day trial and a brief deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the orthopedic surgeon.