$1.67M Verdict: Animating How Mesenteric Ischemia Caused Abdominal Disaster

Paul D'Amore, Esq., and Ace McBride, Esq., D'Amore Personal Injury Law, LLC., Annapolis, MD

After a patient developed a blocked artery in the mesenteric area of his circulatory system, doctors failed to diagnose the atherosclerosis until it was too late. The lack of blood flow resulted in massive necrosis throughout the patient’s intestines with perforations leaking fecal fluid from the anatomy.

Had care providers properly diagnosed the obstructed artery, they could have easily prevented the mesenteric ischemia through two procedures: 1) using a stent to expand the artery or 2) creating a bypass to restore blood flow around the obstructed area.

Paul D’Amore and Ace McBride needed a visual presentation that would establish their client’s mechanism of injury and show how it could have easily been avoided. We built them a custom Digital Injury Summary equipped with a medical animation series that would achieve the following visual objectives:

  • Establish the mechanism of injury: how the misdiagnosed mesenteric ischemia resulted in a severely damaged abdominal anatomy.
  • Demonstrate how this catastrophe could have easily been avoided had care providers performed a cardiac stent procedure to restore blood flow by expanding the artery.
  • Show how this catastrophe could have also been avoided had care providers performed a bypass grafting procedure to restore blood around the obstructed area.

The following animation series helped Mr. D’Amaore and Mr. McBride establish their client’s mechanism of injury, and show jurors how it could have easily been avoided had care providers correctly diagnosed their client’s deteriorating condition. The jury awarded the family of Mr. McBride’s client a $1.67M wrongful death verdict.

Paul D'Amore, Esq., D'Amore Personal Injury Law, LLC., Annapolis, MD
On September 26, 2018, after a six-day trial in the Circuit Court for Harford County, a jury of four men and two women awarded our client, $1.67M as compensation for the wrongful death of her 57-year-old husband.
Paul D'Amore, Esq., D'Amore Personal Injury Law, LLC., Annapolis, MD

Exhibit A: Establishing the Mechanism of Injury

The first animation shows how a clogged artery caused massive damage throughout the patient’s intestines. The animation opens with the massive weight loss suffered by the patient as his condition progressed.

How Mesenteric Ischemia Resulted in a Severely Damaged Abdominal Anatomy

After demonstrating the massive weight loss, the animation breaks down the digestive anatomy to establish the location of organs impacted by the obstructed artery.

Introducing the Digestive Anatomy

The animation fades away the digestive organs to reveal the underlying circulatory anatomy responsible for transporting blood to the organs.

Uncovering the Underlying Circulatory Anatomy

The area of stenosis is located in the celiacomesenteric trunk, which is clearly visible in the radiographic film featured at the 0:30 mark in the animation. Had care providers identified this obstruction, the patient’s suffering and death could have been avoided.

Grounding the Obstruction with Radiographic Evidence

After grounding the obstructed artery with hard radiographic evidence, the animation shows viewers how this obstructed artery progressed from a normal unobstructed artery into severe atherosclerosis.

Showing Progressive Atherosclerosis

Finally, after demonstrating progressive atherosclerosis, we concluded the animation with the destruction caused by this misdiagnosed condition that ultimately resulted in a painfully uncomfortable death.

Establishing the Catastrophe Caused by Negligence

Each chapter helped Mr. D’Amore and Mr. McBride anchor the jury’s understanding of their client’s journey as an easily treatable condition spiraled into an unimaginably painful death that could have been easily avoided.

Exhibit B: How a Stent Procedure Could Have Prevented Catastrophe

After demonstrating the mechanism through which this patient suffered and died, the next two animations show how this condition could have been easily addressed had it been properly recognized and diagnosed by care providers.

Demonstrating a Standard Stent Procedure

This first alternative scenario shows how a stent could have been placed in the artery and a balloon could have been expanded to restore blood flow to the intestinal anatomy.

Exhibit C: How a Bypass Could Have Prevented Catastrophe

The second alternative scenario shows how care providers could have prevented the mesenteric ischemia had they restored blood through a bypass graft around the obstructed area.

Demonstrating a Bypass Surgery

Either of these procedures could have easily prevented the horrific outcome that Mr. D’Amore and Mr. McBride’s client ultimately suffered, and the animation series helped jurors understand why their client’s widow deserved a $1.67M verdict for her husband’s pain, suffering, and wrongful death.

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