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Medical Malpractice Trial Concludes

Closing arguments were heard in the medical malpractice trial involving the death of a high school student while under the care of an orthopedic surgeon. The trial presented uncontested facts that the girl underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early April of 2004. Near the end of that month the girl’s physical therapist noted that the girl had swelling in one calf and that she complained of pain, yet the orthopedic surgeon did not note the inflammation or order any special tests to rule out such possibilities as a blood clot. Three days later, the girl died of massive pulmonary embolism from a blood clot. The state’s medical review panel could not conclude whether there was medical malpractice. The jury is currently deliberating on the medical malpractice trial. To read the full story, click here.