Daniel R. Ryan, Esq, Successfully Defends Local Family Practice Physician.

Daniel R. Ryan, Esq., successfully defended a wrongful death case brought against a local family practitioner. The estate alleged the physician failed to diagnose bacteremia in a 45-year old female. As a result of the alleged misdiagnosis, decedent developed infective endocarditis resulting in her death. Based upon her clinical picture and a positive initial screening test, she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease. It was later learned that she did not have Lyme disease. Plaintiff argued the positive screening test “blinded” the physician to other potential illnesses and, as a result, he failed to diagnosis the bacteremia. Dan defended the case arguing the initial diagnosis was correct based upon decedent’s clinical presentation. Dan further argued, decedent never presented with any signs or symptoms consistent with either bacteremia or bacterial endocarditis. After a 7 day trial, the jury deliberated for less than an hour and returned a verdict in favor of the physician. Great work Dan!