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October 16, 2018 |

RON HERBERT OBTAINS DEFENSE VERDICT IN PHYSICAL THERAPY CASE IN RICHMOND

In September, Ron Herbert obtained an defense verdict on behalf of a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) and her employer in a case in which the plaintiff alleged proper precautions were not taken to prevent a fall resulting in a hip fracture requiring revision hip surgery.  The plaintiff in the case was a 72 year old male who fell while performing a cone step exercise following a total hip replacement.   Plaintiff’s experts opined that the PTA failed to use appropriate discretion and inappropriately advanced the patient to a more challenging exercise when the patient had unstable gait and groin pain.   Defense experts testified that the exercises were appropriate and that the fall occurred due to a groin pull despite appropriate safety measures taken by the PTA, including hands hovering and Contact Guard Assist positioning.  Plaintiff claimed approximated $300,000 in medical bills from the revision surgery and follow-up care.

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