Wyoming hospitals are a critical component of our Wyoming communities, which provide critical care to community members. Unfortunately, at times, a community member believes a Wyoming hospitals has failed to provide him or her adequate care, and the community member files a medical malpractice claim against the hospital. That recently happened to a Wyoming hospital: Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
On July 30, 2015, a patient at Sheridan Memorial Hospital developed a post-operative ileus and was also suffering from opioid-induced constipation. The treating hospital ordered a Fleets Enema in an effort to treat the patient’s ailments. The patient alleged that he was injured during the administration of this enema, which led to a subsequent diagnosis of the patient with a rare, non-mechanical bowel obstruction known as Ogilvie’s Syndrome. The patient was also diagnosed with a rare, necrotizing fasciitis known as Fournier’s Gangrene.
These diagnoses were, according to the patient, due to the improper placement of the enema that was applied at the Wyoming hospital. For this, the patient filed a lawsuit against Sheridan Memorial Hospital seeking $1.5 million in damages.
In response to the patient’s allegations, the hospital provided evidence and expert testimony that denied any wrongdoing, misconduct, negligence or improper treatment of the patient. Throughout trial, WPDN Attorneys Scott Ortiz and Brian Marvel continued to present evidence that provided Sheridan Memorial Hospital had been thorough and safe in their treatment of the patient.
After 2 hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a verdict in favor of Sheridan Memorial Hospital, determining that the Wyoming hospital met the appropriate standard of care and was not negligent in its treatment of the patient.
At WPDN, our main goal is to provide the highest quality client services. Our attorneys and staff work as a team to ensure fairness, productive working atmosphere and high-quality representation at a reasonable price. Our roots go back more than a hundred years and, in that time, our attorneys have sought truth and justice, the Wyoming Way. We do not relent. We do not cower. We fight for those who are wrongly accused and for those who seek justice. Our team stands behind our clients, every step of the way.
Never was this more evident than when WPDN attorneys Scott Ortiz and Scott Klosterman won a summary judgment on behalf of a fellow attorney (not associated with WPDN). The attorney in question was being sued for over $20 million in damages for alleged legal malpractice. The plaintiff, who shall remain nameless out of respect and privacy, accused the attorney in question of providing false statements and representations to the plaintiff, opposing counsel and the trial court itself. The attorney was also accused of kidnapping the plaintiff to prevent him from testifying at trial, as well as failing to properly prepare for hearings and trial and failing to follow the plaintiff’s express instructions.
The allegations were enormous and the defendant needed a team that he could trust. That’s when WPDN stepped in. Our attorneys stand behind their client every step of the way and they work tirelessly around the clock to ensure the defense of all those we represent. This case was no different, as Klosterman and Ortiz won the judgment on behalf of their client. No damages were awarded. No settlements were offered. No allegations were proven.
At WPDN, we hold the highest standards for ourselves, letting the results speak for themselves.
On March 27, 2018, WPDN Shareholder Kyle Ridgeway participated in the fourth annual Spence Law Firm Historic Trial Program at the University of Wyoming College of Law. This program is part of the College of Law’s annual historical trial program, which takes historical events, and puts them into a mock trial format. The College of Law invites some of its most well respected alumni back to the law school to partner with third year law students to perform the trial program. The mock trial this year was based on the historical events of the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806). The trial was based on historical facts, but utilized modern legal rules. It serves as an educational tool for the public, and for law students, to not only learn about history in a unique way, but to also see first-hand the American jury trial process.
United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming, along with his third year law student co-counsel, served in the role of prosecuting attorney. Mr. Ridgeway, and his third year law student co-counsel, were tasked with representing Captain Meriwether Lewis, who was on trial for the theft of a canoe from the Clatsop Tribe in the Oregon Country during the expedition. They did so successfully based on the result given by the mock jury.
This program was featured on the University of Wyoming website here. It was also featured in the most recent edition of the Wyoming Lawyer. A link to the flyer is here. A video of the mock trial can be found here.