Trial Win for William Ranard and Ryan Armour

Dan Maguire
November 10, 2017

On January 30, 2012, Plaintiff’s Decedent, f/35, presented to our immediate care clinic in Rockford, Illinois with primary complaints of hip pain and left leg swelling.  Our client, a Family Practice Physician, ordered a stat venous doppler ultrasound to rule out deep vein thrombosis, and the patient had the test performed at Co-Defendant hospital.  The technologist at the hospital sent a preliminary report to our physician which stated the test was normal.  Later that day, the final read was performed by the Defendant vascular surgeon, who indicated that there was no evidence of DVT, but noted two abnormalities, diminished spontaneous flow and respiratory phasicity.  Our Physician received the final report on February 1, 2012, and told the patient that the test was negative for DVT, but that she needed to see a vascular surgeon regarding the two abnormalities.  The patient died of a pulmonary embolus on February 2, 2012.

At trial Plaintiff’s counsel claimed that our Physician should have known that the final report was discrepant from the preliminary report, and that the final report required her to send the patient immediately to the emergency room for urgent anticoagulation.  Mr. Ranard and Mr. Armour asserted that no clot was seen on the study, the reports were consistent with one another in ruling out DVT, and that no urgent or emergent action was necessary.  The Plaintiff asked the jury for $6,000,000.  The jury returned a not guilty verdict for all three defendants, and deliberated for approximately 2 hours. 

The above summary is specific to a particular case and is not intended as a projected outcome of any other matter.