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Verdicts and Settlements


CONFIDENTIAL

$18.5 Million settlement for negligence in a hospital Emergency Department. Plaintiff’s physicians failed to diagnose and treat a rapidly spreading infection, resulting in quadruple amputation.


Berry v. Samaritan Health Corp.

$16.5 Million jury verdict for failure to investigate a seven-year-old child’s surgically correctable underlying heart condition.


CONFIDENTIAL

$12.9 million settlement for a young girl after her pediatrician failed to diagnose and treat the H1N1 flu virus (swine flu), causing her to require emergency hospital treatment. During her hospitalization, hospital staff failed to properly diagnose her respiratory failure and intubate her, resulting in significant oxygen deprivation which caused permanent brain damage.


Shuster v. Ponzio

$12.26 million to William Schuster, a truck driver whose spine was severely damaged by infection.


Robert Schultheis v. Sanford Davne, M.D., Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Paul Gorsuch, M.D., and Acromed, Inc.

$10 Million award for medical malpractice upheld as a consequence of performing unnecessary surgery and implanting an unapproved medical device in a man’s spine.


Confidential

$8.6 Million verdict for the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage because her delivery was inexplicably delayed.


Confidential

$8.5 Million recovery for the family of a 30-year-old mother who died following the birth of her daughter as a result of negligent treatment of a postpartum hemorrhage.


NunSuch v. United States

$8.4 Million federal court verdict to a 40-year-old mother of three young children for failure to timely treat her in the emergency room which left her paralyzed and brain injured.


Confidential

$7 Million medical malpractice settlement for a birth injury. A child was injured at birth due to failure to diagnose and treat placental abruption.


Walker, Harry v. Jeanes Hospital

$6.6 Million jury verdict for the negligent treatment of a man who presented to the Jeanes Hospital Emergency Department with severe back pain and a history of heroin abuse. He was discharged before test results came back with pain medication and a withdrawal diagnosis. A few days later, Mr. Walker awoke from his sleep paralyzed from the chest down due to a systemic blood infection the Jeanes Hospital learned of after his discharge.


Confidential

$6.5 Million settlement for a 46-year-old woman after her doctor negligently performed an unnecessary procedure which resulted in a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and irreversible brain damage.


Confidential

$6 Million settlement against two hospitals, three physicians, and three nurses for a 48-year old woman who died prematurely because of a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a rare blood disorder, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (“TTP”). The allegations of the lawsuit included the failure to timely administer lifesaving blood products and plasma exchange therapy and miscommunications about transfer to an institution that could definitively treat the patient. 


Confidential

$6 Million settlement for cardiac defect (tetralogy of fallot) in an infant which went undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in the infant’s death.


Confidential

$5 Million recovery for a 58 year old woman rendered a paraplegic after the hospital emergency room staff failed to timely diagnose a spinal fracture.


Confidential

$5 Million for a 69 year old man who suffered a brain herniation and permanent brain damage after emergency room doctors performed a lumbar puncture after a motor vehicle accident without first performing a CT scan.


Glasgow, Annabelle v. Temple University Hospital, et al.

$4.2 Million verdict for a 72-year-old woman who suffered the amputation of her left leg above the knee six-months after she underwent a bilateral knee replacement surgery at Temple University Hospital. She developed pressure sores during her rehabilitation that went untreated. A severe MRSA infection developed and after multiple surgeries and months of hospitalizations, Ms. Glasgow lost her leg.


Confidential

$4.05 Million settlement for the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage as a result of post-delivery neglect by the hospital staff.


Confidential

 $3.1 Million settlement for the family of a brain damaged child who suffered injuries due to a pediatricians’ failure to timely diagnose and treat neonatal infection.


Confidential

$3 Million settlement for a man who suffered irreversible and disabling brain damage due to the emergence of a massive brain bleed that could have been prevented but whose symptoms were ignored by trauma center medical staff.


Confidential

$3 Million settlement on behalf of a deceased mother of two after doctors failed to diagnose and treat an epidural abscess that resulted in sepsis.


Confidential

$2.6 Million settlement on behalf of the wife and minor children of a 45 year-old man who died after Emergency Room staff misread an EKG, leading to a missed diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia.


Confidential

$2.5 Million for failing to timely diagnose rectal cancer.


Confidential

$2.25 Million settlement on behalf of the wife and daughters of a 59 year-old man who died after Emergency Room staff failed to evaluate, diagnose, and timely treat a cerebellar stroke.


Confidential

$2.2 Million settlement for a 54 year old woman who underwent an elective bilateral knee replacement that resulted in an injured femoral artery. After doctors failed to recognize the injury and deteriorating condition of her leg and foot, the woman underwent a number of surgeries and lost function in her foot.


Marion v. Columbia Hospital

$2 Million verdict for body part mutilation inside a hospital.


Confidential

$2 million for a young man who was left permanantly impaired after a hospital’s failure to timely diagnose and treat an emerging fat embolism, causing preventable and catastrophic brain damage.


Confidential

$2 Million settlement for a medical malpractice case involving a mother of two who died after doctors failed to diagnose and treat an epidural abscess that resulted in sepsis.

The woman delivered her second baby, and complained of back and abdominal pain three weeks later. She was evaluated by physicians at the hospital who did not complete a thorough medical examination despite her multiple visits in the emergency room. Just four days after her first emergency room visit, she was admitted at another hospital and diagnosed with sepsis. The following day, she went into cardiac arrest and failed to produce a pulse. Doctors attempted to resuscitate her, but were unable to do so.

An autopsy ruled that the cause of her death was sepsis. The woman was 18-years-old at the time of her death, and a mother to her one-month-old baby girl and another toddler girl.


Godinez v. St. Joseph’s Hospital

$1.75 Million verdict for the death of a one-day-old child.


Confidential

$1.7 Million recovery for the family of a woman whose mole removal was never followed up with a pathology evaluation, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma and eventual metastasis and death.


Nathan Conder v. Jacob George, M.D., et al.

$1.5 Million verdict for man who underwent an unnecessary and negligently performed back surgery based on a misdiagnosis. The plaintiff suffered permanent injury to his back and lost the ability to work and support himself financially.


Confidential

$1.5 Million recovery for a diabetes patient who suffered partial loss of vision as a result of a failure to perform a comprehensive eye exam, including a retina examination.


Confidential

$1.5 Million recovery for birth trauma. Negligent use of forceps on baby’s skull during delivery, resulting in neurological injury to baby’s arm and leg.


Confidential

$1.5 Million settlement for the family of a woman was admitted to the hospital and treated for hypertension and high blood pressure.  Doctors failed to properly monitor her blood pressure as it dangerously decreased causing her to suffer a stroke.  She suffered significant neurological injuries and other related injuries over the course of the next five years of her life and ultimately died.


Plover v. Mansukhani

$1.4 Million jury award for failure to diagnose fatal cancer.


Confidential

$1.3 Million jury verdict for a woman who sustained injuries after negligent gynecological surgery.


Confidential

$1.3 Million recovery in spine surgery case. A 38-year-old man underwent an unnecessary spinal fusion surgery, resulting in permanent injuries.


Confidential

$1.25 million total recovery for a client who suffered permanent damage to his heart as a result of his physician’s negligence in prescribing a dangerous dosage of Vioxx.


Confidential

$1.25 Million settlement in Buck’s County for neurological injury to a 54-year-old woman. Injury came as a result of failure to timely diagnose and treat stroke, resulting in hemiplegia.


Confidential

$1.2 Million recovery for 81-year-old woman with brain injury.


Confidential

$1 Million settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 24-year-old man who died as a result of a failure to diagnose an treat a pneumococcal infection (pneumonia) in the Emergency Department of a New Jersey hospital.


Confidential

$1 Million Settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 24-year-old man who died as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat a pneumococcal infection (pneumonia) in the Emergency Department of a New Jersey hospital. Lab reports and a Chest X-ray all supported a Pneumonia diagnosis, but the patient was sent home without antibiotics to treat his pulmonary infection. Two days later, the patient returned to the Emergency Department suffering from sepsis and multi-organ failure. Shortly thereafter, the young man passed away.


Confidential

$1 Million recovery in malpractice claim involving surgery for Cushing’s disease and injury management of an epidural catheter. Negligence caused epidural hematoma, which doctors failed to recognize and treat, resulting in permanent neurological injury.


Confidential

$1 Million recovery for negligently performed spine surgery in Wilmington, Delaware resulting in permanent disability to a 50-year-old wood worker. The doctor performed the surgery in a negligent manner by misplacing two of the pedicle screws which resulted in a permanent neurological injury.


Confidential

$1 Million settlement for family of a man who passed away following an emergency rooms failure to diagnose a cardiac arrhythmia (electrical abnormality of the patient’s heart) caused by Lyme disease.


Confidential

Seven-figure settlement in Philadelphia County for the family of a man who died after physicians failed to properly diagnose and provide treatment for an aortic aneurysm.  The man sought treatment at a hospital two days before his death.


Confidential

Seven-figure settlement for the family of a man who presented to a hospital’s emergency room with symptoms including fever, chills and nausea. Despite exhibiting all the signs of an emerging infection and a chest x-ray confirming the presence of an infection, the physician failed to administer antibiotics. The man was admitted to the hospital, but still did not receive treatment for his infection. Shortly after being moved to a general medical floor, his condition continued to worsen as the infection spread throughout his body, infected his blood and attacked his organs. The man died as a result, at the age of 63 years old, and after previously battling and beating cancer.


Confidential

Maximum insurance policy limit for a medical malpractice case filed in Philadelphia County on behalf of a licensed professional whose job responsibilities require him to have excellent vision.

The 48-year-old man suffered an injury to his right eye at home. The Plaintiff sought and received treatment from a specialist later that evening. The specialist referred him to another specialist who examined him the following day. The specialist continued to treat him for several months and, in that time, failed to diagnose a retinal detachment. When the diagnosis was finally made, the Plaintiff underwent multiple eye surgeries which resulted in complications and scarring on his retina.

Following months of continued medical treatment, the Plaintiff’s right eye was deemed to have no useful vision and no depth perception, leaving him unable to resume his career as a result of his inability to perform the duties required of his position.


Confidential

$965,000 podiatry malpractice settlement was obtained for a man who injured his ankle while at work. Doctors performed a negligent surgery where screws were misplaced in his ankle joint, causing the man serious and permanent injuries. After three (3) years of litigation, the defendants agreed to pay him the amount of $965,000 to settle all claims.


Confidential

$950,000 recovery in the case of a woman whose nasogastric suction tube was wrongly hooked up to her hospital room’s oxygen on a high liter flow. The oxygen inflated her gastrointestinal system with air causing a perforation of her stomach and colon. As a result of this medical error, the woman was required to undergo surgical repair of her stomach and colon perforations. She later required another surgical procedure to repair a hernia. Unfortunately, she had a serious pre-existing injury as a result of an unrelated Subarachnoid Hemorrhage with prior surgery and brain injury.


Confidential

$900,000 settlement in a Philadelphia County medical malpractice action for the family of a 58-year-old man who died as a result of heart attack.The day before his death, the man went to his primary care physician complaining of back and chest pain as well as numbness in his hands. He complained of chest pain radiating into his arm. Despite abnormal EKG results and a family history of early heart disease, his physician failed to send him to the hospital for emergency care or more definitive testing. The following day, he was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. He was unable to be resuscitated, and died of a heart attack.


Confidential

$850,000 settlement for a woman who was left permanently disfigured after her doctors and nurses missed textbook signs of an allergic reaction. She was continuously administered an antibiotic drug for over 60 hours before she was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson’s Syndrome, a life threatening allergic reaction to medications. the patient suffered burns to her skin, eyes, vagina, and mouth. It wasn’t for another 36 hours after the SJS diagnosis that the patient was given steroids to fight the allergic reaction and transferred to the burn unit to treat the severe burns to her body.


Confidential

800,000 settlement for failure to diagnose aortic dissection, resulting in cardiac arrest and sudden death. Plaintiff alleged that defendants failed to make the diagnosis of aortic dissection, which would have permitted medical intervention preventing his untimely death on December 18, 2001.


Confidential

$750,000 verdict at trial for negligence in a spinal fusion surgery. Negligence resulted in neurological injury to snack cake route driver.


Confidential

$725,000 settlement for a woman who died from bacterial meningitis after emergency room doctors failed to recognize the signs of meningitis and promptly treat her, even after she complained of pain and showed symptoms of meningitis.


Confidential

$720,000 recovery for emergency room malpractice for failure to diagnose a heart attack and discharging the patient without performing an EKG or blood test which would have likely revealed the heart attack. The defendants argued it wouldn’t have made any difference and the plaintiff’s descendant would have died anyway.


Confidential

$720,000 settlement for a woman who was sexually assaulted by her psychiatrist during the course of her treatment for depression and anxiety disorder. Doctor’s license was revoked as several other women, who previously were under his care, came forward with the same allegations, after plaintiffs allegations were aired in a television news piece.


Estate of Johanna Collins v. Satish Shah, M.D.

$700,000 jury awards estate $700,000 in negligent diagnosis case.


Confidential

$700,000 for a man against several defendants for negligence in failing to prevent, treat, and recognize a developing decubitus ulcer in plaintiff’s sacrum during inpatient care. Plaintiff was previously paralyzed as a result of an unrelated motor vehicle accident. After a week of hospital care, the man was transferred to a rehabilitation center. Proper protocols were not followed and plaintiff’s bed sore worsened. Although the family made complaints and was reassured that the care would improve, it did not. Due to defendants’ negligence, plaintiff developed infections including and required surgical procedures and inpatient and outpatient medical treatment.


Confidential

$700,000 settlement for a man who died after developing a cardiac arrhythmia after having a gangrenous gall bladder. His primary cause of death was sepsis.


Confidential

$700,000 settlement for a case where plaintiff came into the emergency room with signs of altered mental status and defendant doctors assumed she had a psychological problem and committed her to a psych ward. She died two days later of viral meningitis and encephalopathy.


Smith, Charles v. Shamokin Area Community Hospital

$675,000 jury verdict for 57 year-old Charles Smith of Kulpont, PA, the victim of a misdiagnosed TIA (transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke”) that is now permanently disabled. The decision is the largest medical malpractice verdict awarded in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in at least the last 16 years.


Confidential

$600,000 settlement for a 47-year-old man who died from HIV and AIDS after his primary doctor failed to test, diagnose and promptly treat him, even after he showed symptoms of the disease. The man was tested for HIV and Hepatitis B (HBV) infection after he reported a needle stick while at his workplace in 1993; both tests were negative. For almost a decade after, the plaintiff never received another HIV test despite having swollen glands, prolonged bowel symptoms, weight loss and other immune-related disorders, all red flags for HIV. When his symptoms progressed, an HIV test was finally ordered and came back positive. By that time, the HIV had developed into the full-blown AIDS virus and the plaintiff was too ill to receive antiretroviral medication, which if he was tested earlier and received the medication, would have prevented his death in 2003.


Confidential

$500,000 settlement for a man who died after developing a cardiac arrhythmia after having a gangrenous gall bladder. His primary cause of death was sepsis.


Confidential

$500,000 settlement for medicated malpractice in Chester County. Overmedication following thoracic surgery for benign tumor of the chest resulted in death.


Confidential

$500,000 settlement for infection following spinal fusion surgery in a 60-year-old woman.

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