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Knee Replacement & Resultant Death Claim Settled by The Cooper Firm


This confidential settlement represents another job well done and three years in the making by Advocate Capital, Inc. friend Lance Cooper and his team in Marietta, Georgia.


The plaintiff underwent knee replacement surgery in March 2010.  Following surgery, she was transferred to a rehab facility and placed on the anticoagulant drug, Coumadin.  The discharge order included an INR (blood test to monitor coagulation status) to be run twice weekly.  The rehab center employees changed the “twice weekly” INR order to “monthly INR.”  Because the INR was not monitored as ordered, the plaintiff became grossly over-anti coagulated, her INR rose markedly and she was prone to extreme bleeding.


The plaintiff became anemic and a rehab facility physician ordered a blood transfusion.  A surgeon inserted a large line into her jugular vein resulting in a massive bleed in her neck and chest area.  This bleed ultimately caused the plaintiff’s death.  Had the INR levels been tested twice weekly as ordered, the rehab center would have known that the plaintiff’s INR level was already high and they could have made appropriate changes to procedures or not performed the procedure until the INR was at a safe level.


Mr. Cooper is the founding member of The Cooper Firm, and concentrates his practice representing plaintiffs in substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases.  He is a former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association.   Lance has also been included in the Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine from 2006 to 2011.


To read more about the verdicts and settlements achieved by The Cooper firm, click here.


We are appalled by the idea that knee replacement surgery and subsequent rehabilitation could result in death but everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to have an attorney like Lance Cooper working diligently to maintain accountability for medical negligence.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President





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