¶ 34 KMC argues that even if there is apparent agency, the hospital is not liable for negligent acts of physicians that it could not control. revealed a right frontoparietal CVA." As in other states, this court has declined to extend the lost chance of survival doctrine, the specific form set out in Herskovits, to permit suits against other professionals. ¶ 10 1. ¶ 23 We hold that Herskovits applies to lost chance claims where the ultimate harm is some serious injury short of death. ¶ 72 Mrs. Mohr suffered lacerations to her right eyelid and right hand as a result of her accident. Id. Creating a unique profile web page containing interviews, posts, articles, as well as the cases you have appeared in, greatly enhances your digital presence on search engines such Google and Bing, resulting in increased client interest. at 792-95, 580 A.2d 206. [5] While recognizing the lost chance doctrine, the most recent Restatement asserts that the reliance by many courts on § 323 of the Restatement (Second) as support for the doctrine is misplaced. there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and . 2d, 635. The appellants offer no evidence or testimony, however, that Drs. The Mohrs presented the expert testimony of doctors Becker and Harris. Similarly, the published model jury instructions enumerate seven relevant factors for the determination of apparent agency in the hospital and independent-contractor physician context. 6 WASHINGTON PRACTICE: WASHINGTON PATTERN JURY INSTRUCTIONS: CIVIL 105.02.03 (5th ed. However, “no one of [the factors] is controlling.” Id. A known cause of strokes is “formation of an embolus or thrombus that occludes an artery.” Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 1847 (18th ed. 84712-6, Author: No. RCW 7.70.040. Id. From Free Law Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Under this formulation, a plaintiff bears the burden to prove duty, breach, and that such breach of duty proximately caused a loss of chance of a better outcome. See Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 615-17, 664 P.2d 474 (Dore, J., lead opinion). The majority opinion has the potential to alter health care in this state, as physicians would have to contemplate whether to provide an unprecedented level of care to avoid liability for even a slightly diminished. By around 9:30 a.m., Mrs. Mohr was diagnosed as having a stroke. ¶ 22 The principal arguments against recognizing a cause of action for loss of a chance of a better outcome are broad arguments, similar to those raised when Herskovits was decided: concerns of an overwhelming number of lawsuits and their impact on the health care system; distaste for contravening traditional tort law, especially regarding causation; discomfort with the reliance on scientific probabilities and uncertainties to value lost opportunities. ¶ 68 The majority improperly extends Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) to create a cause of action for Mrs. Linda Mohr and her husband against the emergency professionals and hospital that provided for her care after she crashed her own car. Plain words do not require construction. What about a case where experts could present “evidence ... that an MRI misread on Monday, but accurately discerned on Friday, perhaps gives rise to an infinitesimal loss of a chance to recover. The four-member plurality would alter the characterization of the harm. Among them are concerns about the potential impact on the practice of medicine, the costs of medical malpractice insurance, the costs of medical care, and the costs to society as a whole of compensating an entirely new class of plaintiffs who formerly had no claim under the common law. We also formally adopt the reasoning of the Herskovits plurality. The cases linked on your profile facilitate Casemine's artificial intelligence engine in recommending you to potential clients who might be interested in availing your services for similar matters. Summary judgment “shall be rendered forthwith if ... there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and ... the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.” CR 56(c). This case has been cited by other opinions: The following opinions cover similar topics: CourtListener is a project of Free In a loss of a chance action, “traditional tort causation principles apply.” Therefore, plaintiff’s causation burden is the “but for” and not the “substantial factor” test. The Restatement characterizes the Weymers holding as “without any good explanation.” Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm § 26 Reporter's Note cmt. Among them are concerns about the potential impact on the practice of medicine, the costs of medical malpractice insurance, the costs of medical care, and the costs to society as a whole of compensating an entirely new class of plaintiffs who formerly had no claim under the common law. See, e.g., Matsuyama v. Birnbaum, 452 Mass. 1 Physicians, and indeed individuals involved in thousands of actions, are negligent every day without legal consequence because, despite the involvement or presence of others, their acts do not actually cause harm to the other persons. at 108, 579 P.2d 970. We do not know how often the case is followed, how often actions brought under it have been settled, or what cases were decided but not appealed. Thus, there can be no "genuine issue as to any material fact," and the respondents are entitled to a "judgment as a matter of law." Preferences - Preference cookies enable a … Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm § 26 cmt. ¶ 31 Under apparent authority, an agent (e.g., a doctor) binds a principal (e.g., a hospital) if objective manifestations of the principal "cause the one claiming apparent authority to actually, or subjectively, believe that the agent has authority to act for the principal" and such belief is objectively reasonable. ¶ 60 All of these matters are public policy considerations for the legislature. . at 789, 580 A.2d 206. This is a common approach in lost chance cases, responsive in part to the criticism of holding individuals or organizations. Drawing from other jurisdictions, especially the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's holding in Hamil v. Bashline, 481 Pa. 256, 392 A.2d 1280 (1978), the lead opinion held that the appropriate framework for considering a lost chance claim was with a “substantial factor” theory of causation. Laws of 2011, ch. ¶ 51 In considering the comparable Alaska statute, which like ours requires a plaintiff to prove the health care provider failed to exercise the proper standard of care and as a “proximate result of this” failure “the plaintiff suffered injuries that would not otherwise. Hosp. RCW 7.70.040. A finding of apparent agency can subject a hospital to vicarious liability for the negligence of contractor physicians or staff working at the hospital. More than a minor disagreement in Herskovits is involved, however. Specifically, she was first found to have an “evolving infarct ... in the right middle cerebral artery territory,” Clerk's Papers (CP) at 119, which relates to a cause of a stroke. It involves the "determination of whether liability should attach as a matter of law given the existence of cause in fact." The Court of Appeals went on to confirm that, even in loss ofa chance Id. These medical professionals did not proximately cause the ultimate, sad injury Mrs. Mohr suffered—namely, a distal dissection of her right internal carotid artery and loss of brain tissue. ¶ 28 Interpreting the facts in the light most favorable to the Mohrs, they have made a prima facie case under the lost chance doctrine that, on August 31 and September 1, 2004, the respondents breached the recognized standard of care for treating a head trauma victim with Mrs. Mohr's symptoms and that their breaches caused Mrs. Mohr a diminished chance of a better outcome. If the legislature concludes that the doctrine should become a part of our state law, then it will be doing so as a duly informed representative body. at 611, 664 P.2d 474. Therefore, the rule in Jorgenson v. Vener, 2000 SD 87, 616 N.W.2d 366 (2000) is hereby abrogated. at *494 634, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality opinion) (quoting Joseph H. King, Jr., Causation, Valuation, and Chance in Personal Injury Torts Involving Preexisting Conditions and Future Consequences, 90 YALE L.J. While recognizing the lost chance doctrine, the most recent Restatement asserts that the reliance by many courts on § 323 of the Restatement (Second) as support for the doctrine is misplaced. Box 26901/ CHB 451, Oklahoma City, OK 73190. Mrs. Mohr was treated by emergency medical personnel (EMPs) and brought by ambulance 1 to the emergency room at Kadlec Medical Center (KMC) at 3:44 p.m. on August 31, 2004. ¶ 7 Mrs. Mohr is now permanently brain damaged; a quarter to a third of her brain tissue was destroyed. 99 (1928) (quoting Frederick Pollock, The Law of Torts 455 (5th ed. The standard formulation for proving proximate causation in tort cases requires, “first, a showing that the breach of duty was a cause in fact of the injury, and, second, a showing that as a matter of law liability should attach.” Harbeson v. Parke–Davis, Inc., 98 Wash.2d 460, 475–76, 656 P.2d 483 (1983). Then, although the results were available at 3:27 p.m., Dr. Watson was not located or informed until 4:50 p.m. that the CT angiogram showed a dissected carotid artery. Dist. ¶ 33 In Adamski, the Court of Appeals considered several factors that it found relevant to the question of whether an independent-contractor physician was an apparent agent of the hospital. liable on the basis of uncertain probabilities. Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wash.2d 91, 103, 26 P.3d 257 (2001). ¶ 73 Dr. Grantham returned at 7:56 p.m. to speak with Mrs. Mohr and her husband. We find, on this evidence, a prima facie showing of duty. Aspirin was administered to Mrs. Mohr that evening by a nurse, at the direction of Mrs. Mohr's sons. “Legal causation” depends on considerations of “ ‘logic, common sense, justice, policy, and precedent.’ ” King v. City of Seattle, 84 Wash.2d 239, 250, 525 P.2d 228 (1974) (quoting 1 Thomas Atkins Street, The Foundation. Yet, under this doctrine, even a small percentage of the value of human life could generate substantial recovery and place burdensome costs on healthcare providers” that would ultimately be passed on to each person in the jurisdiction. the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law." ¶ 47 The Texas Supreme Court aptly observed, when it “reject[ed] the notion that the enhanced deterrence of the loss of chance approach might be so valuable as to justify scrapping [the] traditional concepts of causation,” that “[i]f deterrence were the sole value to be served by tort law, we could dispense with the notion of causation altogether and award damages on the basis of negligence alone.” Kramer v. Lewisville Mem'l Hosp., 858 S.W.2d 397, 406 (Tex.1993) (emphasis added). He still did not order anyone to administer anticoagulant therapy, antiplatelet agents, or any other treatment. It is also informative that KMC's emergency room is an essential part of its operation. 339, 348, 3 P.3d 211 (2000); see Zueger v. Pub. (2) Such failure was a proximate cause of the injury complained of. No. To prove causation, a plaintiff would then rely on established tort causation doctrines permitted by law and the specific evidence of the case. The inequity is obvious. at 792–95, 580 A.2d 206. ¶ 27 An order granting summary judgment is reviewed de novo. But cf. In fact, under this theory of liability, plaintiffs may be compensated where they suffer absolutely no physical injury as a result of the physician's conduct. During the exam, Mrs. Mohr did not report or demonstrate any acute distress, swelling of the head, numbness, or neck pain. The majority simply redefines the injury as the lost chance. ¶ 86 We should affirm the trial court and answer the question certified to us in the negative. For the reasons discussed next, as it relates to the facts of this case, we reverse the order of summary judgment. Id. To avoid the difficulty posed by this requirement, the majority recognizes a cause of action for which the plaintiff does not have to prove that “but for” the physician's negligence, the injury would not have occurred. . She was admitted at 7:11 a.m. ¶ 75 Mrs. Mohr was seen by Dr. Brian Dawson at 7:16 a.m. She reported weakness and difficulty walking, but no numbness or tingling. 581, 587 (N.D.Cal.1980)). 491, 506 (1998); Matsuyama, 452 Mass. See Daugert v. Pappas, 104 Wash.2d 254, 704 P.2d 600 (1985) (refusing to extend lost chance doctrine to legal malpractice actions). Instead, it revealed findings that the radiologist thought “may be secondary to evolving infarct which is in the right middle cerebral artery territory.” 3 The radiologist recommended a magnetic reasoning imaging (MRI) examination. Click here to remove this judgment from your profile. ¶ 17 Though this court has not reconsidered or clarified the rule of Herskovits in the survival action context or, until now, considered whether the rule extends to medical malpractice cases where the ultimate harm is something short of death, the Herskovits majority's recognition of a cause of action in a survival action has remained intact since its adoption. 471 F. Supp. 581, 587 (N.D.Cal.1980)). Courts have questioned the inconsistent application of the doctrine depending upon whether the action is for medical malpractice or other professional malpractice. To prevail under the plurality's theory, the plaintiff could establish a prima facie issue of proximate causation only if the plaintiff produced evidence that the defendant probably caused a substantial reduction in the decedent's chance of survival. Instead, he prescribed a narcotic, Darvocet, and sent Mrs. Mohr home with her husband. ¶ 18 Washington courts have, however, generally declined to extend Herskovits to other negligence claims. Another finger stick glucose sample was taken, and a nurse applied antibacterial ointment and dressed Mrs. Mohr's leg wound. This is not a compensable injury under Washington law. Several states have rejected the doctrine. [1] The Mohrs also allege that Mrs. Mohr reported some numbness but that it was not recorded until the following day, when the hospital records indicate that "some numbness in her left hand . Ctr., 164 Wash.2d 261, 266, 189 P.3d 753 (2008). "CVA" is an abbreviation for a "cerebrovascular accident," also known as a stroke. Majority at 493 (citing Herskovits v. Group Health Coop. The results were normal. Less than two years after his diagnosis, then 60 years old, Herskovits died. Mrs. Mohr was transported to receive the MRI at 9:30 a.m. ¶ 77 The results of the MRI, which came in by 10:32 a.m., led to the discovery of a dissected right internal carotid artery. ¶ 59 The ramifications of the majority's opinion are unknown but potentially far-reaching. Filed: The court said that the “loss of chance theory of recovery is thus fundamentally at odds with the settled common law” codified in the statute. Instead, the majority says that they simply mirror concerns addressed in Herskovits, that Herskovits has not caused any problems, and for the same reasons favoring Herskovits, the lost chance doctrine should be adopted where the ultimate harm is injury short of death.4. ", ¶ 48 Moreover, the goal of compensation is not served, either, because there is no way to prove a physician's acts or omissions in fact caused the actual physical harm, rather than the actual harm resulting from the preexisting condition. With respect to the issue raised in this motion for summary judgment, the health care provider's alleged failure to exercise the acceptable standard of care must be a "proximate cause of the injury complained of" before that health care provider may be subject to liability under chapter 7.70 RCW. 262 P.3d 490, 172 Wash. 2d 844, Docket Number: 6 (1979) Mathias v. Accor Economy Lodging, Inc. 347 F.3d 672 (2003) Mavrikidis v. Petullo. at 634-35, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality)). 94, 121 P.3d 1210 (2005), and cases cited therein. FN6. Dr. Grantham sutured these lacerations at 6:36 p.m. Several states have rejected the doctrine. 2548, 91 L.Ed.2d 265 (1986)). For the reasons discussed next, as it relates to the facts of this case, we reverse the order of summary judgment. Deterrence of negligence that does not cause actual harm is a meaningless proposition, and there can be no compensation of injury because the actual injury that occurs may be the result of the preexisting condition. medical malpractice statutes. Physical performance was assessed by match analysis in 17 male elite players during the games and a repeated sprint test was … Dr. Watson had prescribed aspirin around 2:00 p.m. but did not order its immediate administration. In Shellenbarger, the Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment of a medical malpractice claim of negligent *495 failure to diagnose and treat lung disease from asbestos exposure in its early stages. A plaintiff making such a claim must prove duty, breach, and that there was an injury in the form of a loss of a chance caused by the breach of duty. Id. It is incorrect. ¶ 52 Similarly, the Vermont Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in connection with its comparable state statute, observing that the statutory elements traditionally required that plaintiff produce evidence of a "`reasonable probability or reasonable degree of medical certainty' that the defendant's conduct caused the injury." ¶ 3 Following those neurological tests, however, Mrs. Mohr reported and was observed to have neurological symptoms, including being wobbly on her feet and having severe pain after being administered pain medication. Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wash.2d 91, 104–05, 26 P.3d 257 (2001); cf. She did not exhibit any motor or sensory deficits. The Mohrs have made a prima facie case of injury: lost chance of a better outcome. *491 Cheryl Rani Guttenbe Adamson, Attorney at Law, Kennewick, WA, for Appellants. Because the majority creates a speculative cause of action that is beyond the express legislative mandate of RCW 7.70.040, I dissent. Instead, the loss of a chance is the compensable injury. 101 Wash.App. See, e.g., Shellenbarger, 101 Wash.App. The court summarized that. See, e.g., id. ¶ 44 Trying to skirt this obstacle by saying that "a plaintiff would still have to establish the loss of chance by a preponderance of the evidence," as the plaintiff argued in Crosby v. United States, 48 F. Supp. In Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 611, 614, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) (Dore, J., lead opinion), this court recognized the lost chance doctrine in a survival action when the plaintiff died following the alleged failure of his doctor to timely diagnose his lung cancer. In particular, the Herskovits plurality adopted a proportional damages approach, holding that, if the loss was a 40 percent chance of survival, the plaintiff could recover only 40 percent of what would be compensable under the ultimate harm of death or disability (i.e., 40 percent of traditional tort recovery), such as lost earnings. Because the Mohrs made a prima facie case of the requisite elements of proof, we reverse the order of summary judgment and remand to the trial court for further proceedings. In the recent case of Dunnington v. Virginia Mason Medical Center, the Washington State Supreme Court provides much needed clarity to the “loss of chance” doctrine. The Mohrs signed a form that included the following language: Patient care is under the control of the patient's attending physician who: is an independent provider and not an employee or agent of the hospital: May request other physicians to provide services during hospitalization (i.e. CourtListener is sponsored by the non-profit Free Law Project. Accordingly, we reverse the order of summary judgment. 707 A.2d 977 (1998) McCann v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 210 F.3d 51 (2000) Medcalf v. Washington Heights Condominium Ass'n, Inc. 747 A.2d 532 (2000) Minnich v. Med-Waste, Inc. 564 S.E.2d 98 (2002) Mohr v. Grantham. This case compels consideration of whether, in the medical malpractice context, there is a cause of action for a lost chance, even when the ultimate result is some serious harm short of death. U.L.REV. We do not find this concern to be dissuasive because the nature of tort law involves complex considerations of many experiences that are difficult to calculate or reduce to specific sums; yet juries and courts manage to do so. [6] We find no persuasive rationale to distinguish Herskovits from a medical malpractice claim where the facts involve a loss of chance of avoiding or minimizing permanent disability rather than death. Moreover, calculation of a loss of chance for a better outcome is based on expert testimony, which in turn is based on significant practical experience and "on data obtained and analyzed scientifically . That is, because the majority finds the traditional causation-of-injury requirement to be an insurmountable obstacle, it employs a different concept to anchor a lost chance claim. ¶ 4 Mrs. Mohr was again transported to KMC by ambulance just after 7:00 a.m. on September 1, 2004, because her husband was concerned that she remained very lethargic through the night. That is, because the majority finds the traditional causation-of-injury requirement to be an insurmountable obstacle, it employs a different concept to anchor a lost chance claim. chance of a better outcome. Loss of a better outcome. Id. Grantham, Regina (on The Application of) v Parole Board for England and Wales and Another: Admn 22 Jan 2019 Goralczyk, Appeal Under Section 13 of The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 By Goralczyk v A Determination of The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber): SCS 24 … The trial court dismissed the case on summary judgment on the basis that Herskovits's estate, which brought suit, failed to establish a prima facie case of proximate cause: it could not show that but for his doctor's negligence he would have survived because he “ probably would have died from lung cancer even if the diagnosis had been made earlier.” Id. Id. ¶ 36 A central tenet of tort liability for medical malpractice is that a plaintiff must prove a physician's acts or omissions caused a patient's actual physical or mental injury before liability will attach. ¶ 53 The same is true in Washington. Not only does the doctrine not require proof of “but for” causation, “but for” causation cannot be proved in any event. This is a misconception of the requirements of medical malpractice tort law. During surgery, D determined that the right ear did not need to be operated on. majority at 493 (citing Berger, 144 Wash.2d at 103, 26 P.3d 257). Mrs. Mohr's medical records indicate that the “MRI ... revealed a right frontoparietal CVA.” CP at 123. Dr. Harris testified that had Mrs. Mohr received nonnegligent treatment at various points between August 31 and September 1, 2004, she would have had a 50 to 60 percent chance of a better outcome. To establish proximate cause, the plaintiff must show both "cause in fact" (that the injury would not have occurred but for the act in question) and "legal causation." In an action alleging medical malpractice, the plaintiff cannot recover for loss of an opportunity to survive or an opportunity to achieve a better result unless the opportunity was greater than 50%. Id. The Late Late Show with James Corden Recommended for you Accordingly, we hold that Herskovits applies to medical malpractice cases that result in harm short of death and formally adopt the rationale of the plurality opinion that the injury is the lost chance. More than a minor disagreement in Herskovits is involved, however. Bldg., Inc., 445 So. 336, § 251. Our statute setting out the elements that a plaintiff must prove in a medical malpractice action does not permit a presumption of negligence. [2] Mrs. Mohr did not report numbness in her left hand to a medical professional until she was seen by Dr. Brooks Watson II, the third doctor to attend her, at approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 1, 2004. ¶ 84 A “proximate cause” of an injury is defined as a cause that, in a direct sequence, unbroken by any new, independent cause, produces the injury complained of and without which the injury would not have occurred. of Legal Liability 110 (1906)). Nast v. Michels, 107 Wn.2d 300, 308, 730 P.2d 54 (1986). Our statute setting out the elements that a plaintiff must prove in a medical malpractice action does not permit a presumption of negligence. These tests were overseen or authorized by Dr. Dale Grantham, who was charged with Mrs. Mohr's care at KMC on August 31. Sign up to receive the Free Law Project newsletter with tips and announcements. Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn.2d 844, 859, 262 P.3d 490 (2011). No matter how the cause of action is described, at the end of the day liability is based on no more than the mere possibility that the physician's negligence has caused harm, a result that conflicts with black letter law that “negligence in the air” is not actionable. n at 356–57 (2010). ¶ 34 KMC argues that even if there is apparent agency, the hospital is not liable for negligent acts of physicians that it could not control. Under this statute, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action must prove: (2) Such failure was a proximate cause of the injury complained of. at 108, 579 P.2d 970. A known cause of strokes is "formation of an embolus or thrombus that occludes an artery." The lost opportunity may be thought of as the adverse outcome discounted by the difference between the ex ante probability of the outcome in light of the defendant's negligence and the probability of the outcome absent the defendant's negligence."). Dr. Grantham and nursing staff noted that Mrs. Mohr had suffered injuries to her head, face, mouth, right forearm, and left leg due to the accident. 747, 779 n.254 (1985), the Maryland court described a hypothetical example involving 99 cancer patients, each with a 1/3 chance of survival (the example can also be applied to facts involving a chance of a better outcome, rather than survival), each of whom received negligent treatment, and all of whom died. ¶ 69 Mrs. Mohr crashed her car into a utility pole at approximately 45 miles per hour after running into four other vehicles during an accident in which she was driving alone. “Washington recognizes loss of chance as a compensable interest.” Shellenbarger v. Brigman, 101 Wash.App. Laws of 2011, ch. [3] However, Dr. Dawson did not provide any anticoagulant or antithrombotic treatment or therapy. Cheryl Rani Guttenbe Adamson, Attorney at Law, Kennewick, WA, for Appellants.Christopher Holmes Anderson, Fain Anderson VanDerhoef PLLC, Mary H. Spillane, Williams Kastner & Gibbs, Donna Maria Moniz, Johnson Graffe Keay Moniz & Wick LLP, Seattle, WA, Jerome R. Aiken, Attorney at Law, Yakima, WA, for Respondents.Bryan Patrick Harnetiaux, Attorney at Law, Spokane, WA, George M. Ahrend, Ahrend Law Firm PLLC, Moses Lake, WA, amicus counsel for of Washington State Association for Justice Foundation. We hold that there is such a cause of action and, accordingly, reverse the order of summary judgment. ¶ 54 If there is to be any change in this law, it should come from the legislature, after appropriate hearings, collection of data, and consideration of competing interests. ¶ 65 Rather than assume that the issue before us is essentially already determined, as the majority does, this case presents issues and concerns that should be carefully examined before extending the lost chance doctrine and effecting such a sweeping change in the law. RESTATEMENT (THIRD) OF TORTS: LIABILITY FOR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HARM § 26 Reporter's Note cmt. Statistically, if all had received proper treatment, 33 would have lived and 66 would have died. 99 (1928) (quoting FREDERICK POLLOCK, THE LAW OF TORTS 455 (5th ed. at 614, 664 P.2d 474. Dist. Proximate cause is a necessary element of proof. . Rather, it relies on established tort theories of causation, without applying a particular causation test to all lost chance cases. Shellenbarger v. Brigman, 101 Wash.App. Matsuyama, 452 Mass. It is thus inaccurate to state that Mrs. Mohr was diagnosed as having a stroke at that point in time. Mrs. Mohr was transferred to the intermediate care unit at 11:46 a.m., and Dr. Watson prescribed aspirin around 2:00 p.m. ¶ 78 An urgent ultrasound was performed to rule out carotid dissection in the common carotids, but that procedure could not assess the distal internal carotid artery. ¶ 51 In considering the comparable Alaska statute, which like ours requires a plaintiff to prove the health care provider failed to exercise the proper standard of care and as a "proximate result of this" failure "the plaintiff suffered injuries that would not otherwise *502 have been incurred," Alaska Stat. at 634–35, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality). Grantham, Dawson and Watson cared for in the emergency room during the time period in question, nor does it detail events after Mrs. Mohr was taken to Harborview. . 1353, 1377 (1981)). In 1983, in Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, a judge ruled that even a 14% reduction in the survival chances for a lung cancer victim was actionable. A plaintiff meeting the lower standard of causation would not necessarily satisfy the "more probable than not" standard adhered to in the plurality. Id. [7] The South Dakota legislature expressly abrogated the state supreme court's adoption of the lost chance doctrine. Mrs. Mohr has not sued Harborview or the doctors at Harborview. ¶ 3 Following those neurological tests, however, Mrs. Mohr reported and was observed to have neurological symptoms, including being wobbly on her feet and having severe pain after being administered pain medication. 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