Effective July 1, 2023, Gerspach Sikoscow LLP joined Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP. Any inquiries may be sent to: Thomas J. Gerspach (tgerspach@kbrlaw.com); Alexander Sikoscow (asikoscow@kbrlaw.com); Kristen J. Halford (khalford@kbrlaw.com); or Ryan J. Gerspach (rgerspach@kbrlaw.com).
Gerspach Sikoscow Innovation. Expertise. Results
Home Attorneys Practice Areas Results Testimonials Blog Contact Us
Contact Us
40 Fulton Street, Suite 1402, New York, NY 10601

Jury Clears Neurosurgeons In Cerebellar Stroke Case

A 45 year-old school nurse presented to the ER with complaints of severe headache, syncope and photophobia. CT scan showed a hyperdensity which was suspicious for hemorrhage. MRI did not show an active bleed, and a CT angiogram performed on day 4 of the admission revealed two dissecting pseudoaneurysms in the distal posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA). Plaintiff's expert contended that the defendant neurosurgeons were negligent in failing to perform a lumbar puncture, failing to rule out a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and discharging the patient for outpatient follow-up which was to include a cerebral angiogram in a week. Plaintiff contended that the headache was the "worst of her life", which defendants disputed. Two days after being discharged from the hospital, the plaintiff presented at a different hospital where a lumbar puncture revealed xanthochromia, and CT revealed a stable collection of blood which was unchanged from the CT six days earlier. A non-party neuroradiology interventionist performed a glue embolization on day two of the admission, noting that the defendants had "missed SAH" and the dissecting aneurysms were "ruptured." The plaintiff suffered a cerebellar infarct following the glue embolization. Defendants contended that the stroke was the expected consequence of a glue embolization procedure. Plaintiff's expert contended that the stroke was made worse by vasospasm, which was a consequence of the alleged delay in treatment. The defense was supported by the testimony of a board certified neurovascular surgeon and board certified neuroradiologist. The evidence on the defense case included an animation of the glue embolization procedure. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendants after deliberating for two hours.

Categories: Defense Verdict
Attorney Web Design The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.