Ohio Co. jury awards $900K in med-mal case

By John O'Brien | Nov 20, 2013

WHEELING – An Ohio County jury has returned a nearly $900,000 verdict against a Pennsylvania doctor who allegedly caused a patient’s stroke and death in May 2010.

The jury ruled on Nov. 15 for Ellen Kilgore and the estate of her late husband Dan in a lawsuit filed in April 2012 in Ohio County Circuit Court. Jurors awarded Ellen and the estate more than $890,000, according to the law firm Bordas & Bordas.

The plaintiff was represented by Bordas & Bordas’ Chris Regan and Zak Zatezalo. They said the defendant’s insurer refused to settle the case.

“It is unfortunate that the Kilgore family was forced to revisit this terrible tragedy in open court as a result of Dr. Bedi’s insurance company’s refusal to recognize the plain facts of this matter or make any attempt to resolve Mrs. Kilgore’s claim,” Regan said.

“Mrs. Kilgore had no choice but to bring this serious action before a jury of her peers and fortunately they got it right.”

The complaint says Dan Kilgore was a patient of Bedi’s at Wheeling Hospital. Bedi is a cardiac electrophysiologist.

Kilgore was at Wheeling Hospital to undergo surgery for an abnormal heart rhythm in May 2010.

Bedi discontinued Kilgore’s Coumadin five days prior to the surgery without administering any other anticoagulants, the complaint says.

Kilgore suffered a stroke and died on May 12, 2010. Bedi did not administer any anticoagulants until after the stroke occurred, the complaint says, and failed to adequately monitor his coagulation status in the peri-operative period.

From the West Virginia Record: Reach John O’Brien at jobrienwv@gmail.com.

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