The family of the late sax player for Bruce Springsteen's band contends that poor decisions on the part of doctors caused problems that led to the death of Clarence Clemons. A Florida court in Palm Beach County has cleard the way for the malpractice suit to advance to a jury trial. The suit maintains that a decision to suspend his use of a blood thinner in the hours leading up to surgery for carpal tunnel resulted in the Big Man of the E Street Band suffering a stroke five days following the surgery. According to the filing, the doctors should be found guilty of negligence for recommending the musician stop taking Coumadin without prescribing a 'short acting anticougulant' to reduce the risk of problems related to being off his regular medication. The family is seeking to recoup medical costs as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
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