Trial Win for William D. Yoquinto in Defense of Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department
By: Carter Conboy
William D. Yoquinto obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial in the Supreme Court in Montgomery County, New York, on July 22, 2009. The case concerned a patient seen in an emergency room for a severely fractured and subluxed wrist. The plaintiff claimed that she was discharged from the hospital inappropriately and that there was a failure to arrange for needed orthopedic care, resulting in a delay. She claimed to have sustained a major complication, a compartment syndrome, as a result and that this condition caused her permanent pain, disability, and the loss of the use of her arm. At trial the defense proved that the care in the emergency department was in accord with the appropriate and reasonable standards, the plaintiff did not have a compartment syndrome as claimed, and the cause of the plaintiff’s disability and pain was the severe intra-articular fracture for which she sought treatment in the first instance. After a trial of eight days, the jury deliberated for one hour before finding for the defense.