By Hannah Garcia
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Attorneys at Childs McCune came up victorious with defense verdicts in two medical malpractice cases in June, both involving claims of negligence.
“I’m not sure I see more (medical malpractice) cases being filed, but I do think the cases being filed involve significantly more damages being alleged than in the past,” managing member Steve Michalek said. “That’s why I think more of these cases are being tried. There’s more at stake for each of the parties.”
After the third day of a jury trial, managing member Chris Miller and attorney Elizabeth Howard were successful in obtaining a directed verdict on June 17, a ruling from a trial judge after finding there is not sufficient evidence for a jury to reach any other verdict.
The case involved a 33-year-old male patient who collapsed as he entered a local hospital because of an alleged hypoxic brain injury in January 2013 and died a week later. He had originally gone to an urgent care clinic complaining of shortness of breath, a sore throat and neck swelling, and the physician at the clinic told him to go to the emergency room, a 15-minute ride away.