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Won a defense verdict for an emergency physician in a $22 million lawsuit in California.

Date: 06.22.15

WTO lawyers Andrew Efaw and Ellen Herzog successfully defended an emergency department doctor against medical malpractice allegations brought by a plaintiff who suffered brain damage at the age of 22 as a result of severe hypovolemic hyponatremia (essentially, dehydration). The plaintiff filed claims exceeding $22 million in damages and alleged that our client should have consulted a nephrologist and a critical care specialist and should have admitted the plaintiff to the intensive care unit. 

Called in just 10 days prior to the three-week trial, the WTO team demonstrated that our client met the standard of care at every turn. The result was a jury verdict exonerating the doctor after seven other defendants chose to settle the claims against them. The victory is WTO’s fourth medical malpractice trial win in under four months.


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