Medical expert witness Dr. Mark Palumbo testified Wednesday in the medical malpractice lawsuit against St. Joseph Hospital, WA, and two doctors. After having surgery at the hospital Oct. 7, 2004, a blood clot formed in Martin’s neck, which restricted her breathing and caused swelling and eventual brain damage. The expert voiced criticism of the care Martin received from neurosurgeon David Goldman and said the brain damage she suffered following surgery was preventable.
“The standard of care was not met for Carol Martin,” Palumbo testified. “It’s a known complication. You must have knowledge of the potential ramifications. I believe the … brain damage was preventable in this case.” Palumbo is one of several expert witnesses to give testimony critical of Goldman, Schroeter and the nursing staff.
Excerpted from www.bellinghamherald.com.