Kellie St. Jean v Uconn Hospital
Client went in for routine medical procedure involving a high resolution CT Scan with dye. During the administration the dye extravasated from the intended vein where a catheter had been placed and was pumped into forearm resulting in caustic reaction, swelling and compartment syndrome requiring emergent surgery to spare her limb. This was accomplished and residual scarring and some reduced function resulted. Case was defended on the basis that a known complication occured which was not the result of negligence. Ultimately, it became clear through multiple depositions taken that the radiology department at Uconn hospital recognized that additional precautions and staffing during the procedures could minimize such complications. There was also an apparent procedure rule deviation all of which contributed to the desire to settle the case pretrial. The State of Connecticut on behalf of the hospital paid a substantial confidential sum to resolve the claim( Hartford Superior Court 2009).
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