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Tort/Negligence – Medical Malpractice – Causation – Aspiration – Sepsis

Plaintiff alleges that his decedent’s fatal sepsis was caused by her aspiration of thin liquids, which her doctor had ordered to be thickened with nectar in order to prevent such aspiration. However, plaintiff’s expert said in her deposition that there were several substances the decedent could have aspirated, and she could not say to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the decedent had aspirated thin liquids. Therefore, the expert’s opinion is not sufficient evidence on causation to reach the jury.

The court grants summary judgment for defendant SSC Yanceyville Operating Co., LLC.

Riggins v. SSC Yanceyville Operating Co., LLC (Lawyers Weekly No. 003-012-18, 14 pp.) (N. Carlton Tilley, J.) 1:16-cv-01213. Adam White, Jacob Daniel, Jonathan Paul Ward and Paul Coates for plaintiff; Carl Hagwood, Jonathan Williams and Michael Phillips for defendants. M.D.N.C.


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