The Associated Press reports that opening arguments begin Monday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the actor James Woods over the death of his 49 year old brother, Michael Woods, at Kent Hospital in Warwick. Woods alleges that his younger brother received negligent care when he died in 2006 of what was believed to be a heart attack.
The case – James Woods, et. al. v. Kelli Naylor, et. al. KC-2007-0630 – will be heard Monday in front of RI Superior Court Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini. Mark Decof is representing the plaintiffs and Dave Carroll is representing the defendants.
Update #1: The Providence Journal has a good report on the opening arguments.
Update #2: The Providence Journal reports that four witnesses took the stand and described Michael Woods’ symptoms on the day he presented to Kent Hospital.
Update #3: The Providence Journal reports that the emergency room physician and nurse assigned to Woods when he first presented to Kent Hospital took the stand and testified.
Update #4: Another nurse who treated Woods testified in Court according to this report from the Providence Journal.
Update #5: According to the Providence Journal, plaintiff’s expert witness, Dr. Jeffrey Garrett, a Pittsburgh cardiologist, told the jury that the care Woods received fell below the standard care and that had he received the proper care, more likely than not, he would not have died.
Update #6: The Providence Journal reports that the defendant doctor – Kelli A. Naylor, M.D. – took the stand and testified that she ordered a heart monitor for Woods, but her order was not followed.
Update #7: According to the Providence Journal, plaintiff’s expert – Dr. John A. Schriver, chief of emergency medicine at Rochester General Hospital – testified that the Kent Hospital emergency department did not meet the standard of care when they treated Woods on July 26, 2006. Schriver also testified that had Woods been on a heart monitor and treated with medications commonly given to heart patients, it is more likely than not that Woods would have lived.