Attorneys Obtain $14 Million Settlement in Class Action Suit

Jay Cohen, as lead trial counsel, recently obtained a $14 million settlement in a class action suit against Broward General Medical Center on behalf of cardiac stress lab patients exposed to contaminated saline over a five-year period.

In 2009, the hospital learned, through an anonymous tip, that a nurse in the cardiac stress lab had been reusing saline while administering tests. As many as 1,850 patients undergoing tests potentially received the contaminated saline over this five-year period. The hospital immediately terminated the nurse and advised affected patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. The lawsuit sought emotional damages and economic damages for any patients who paid for their own testing.

“It was outrageous to find out that you went to a facility to undergo a procedure and that . . . one of the most basic principles of safety was violated,” Jay Cohen told the Daily Business Review. “However, Broward General certainly did the right thing when they found out about the incidents by notifying the patients. Unfortunately, it took our pursuit to get these innocent folks fair compensation for such medical errors.”