Case: Medical Malpractice
$2.1 million verdict
By Bill Bartleman
Saturday, October 07, 2006
A McCracken County jury awarded a Metropolis, Ill., woman $2.1 million in a medical malpractice claim against Lourdes hospital in Paducah.
The award came late Thursday after a four-day McCracken Circuit Court trial in a suit filed by Cynthia Featherston. She claimed she didn’t receive proper care when she went to Lourdes emergency room on Jan. 25, 2005.
Featherston, who was 39 at the time, suffered a stroke, and her attorney, Bill McMurry of Louisville, argued that it could have been prevented if she had been administered a clot-busting drug known as TPA. McMurry also claimed the hospital did not follow its own guidelines for treating Featherston.
The hospital’s attorney, Rick Walter of Paducah, argued that she wasn’t administered the TPA because some of her symptoms indicated she was not a good candidate for the drug and that its improper use could have caused more harm than good. He also said she received proper care.
The jury awarded Featherston $350,000 for pain and suffering, $90,708.40 for past medical expenses and $1,670,000 for future medical expenses. Nine of the 12 jurors agreed to the award. The suit was seeking a maximum of $7.3 million.
Lourdes was trying to decide if the ruling would be appealed and issued the following statement:
“We believe Lourdes provided Ms. Featherston excellent care, and we are evaluating our next steps with this case. In the meantime, we will continue our on-going efforts to make certain that our patients receive the quality care our community has come to expect from our team of nationally recognized healthcare professionals.”