Firm Member David L. Shuman and associate David L. Shuman, Jr. recently obtained a complete defense jury verdict in a medical malpractice action tried in Kanawha County. The case involved the selection and use of appropriate anticoagulant therapy to treat a dissection of the Plaintiff’s decedent’s left internal carotid artery. The Plaintiff alleged that the decedent suffered from an underlying bleeding disorder and the Defendant doctor breached the standard of care in failing to consult a hematologist prior to proceeding with anticogulant therapy. The Defendant argued that the anticoagulant therapy adminstered was appropriate and necessary to treat the Plaintiff’s decedent’s left internal carotid artery dissection and a hematological consult was not necessary. After a five day trial, the jury returned a verdict that the Defendant doctor did not breach the standard of care in his care and treatment of the Plaintiff’s decedent.