Angela Leone, Marketing &
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 8, 2015

On Monday, a Philadelphia jury awarded $4.2 million in damages to a Pennsylvania woman who lost her leg to an infection after she underwent a bilateral knee replacement at Temple University Hospital in 2010.

On December 1, 2010, the plaintiff, Annabelle Glasgow, who had a history of non-insulin dependent diabetes and hypertension, underwent a bilateral knee replacement performed by Orthopedic surgeon, Easwaran Balasubramanian, at Temple University Hospital.

On December 4th, three days after her surgery, Ms. Glasgow was transferred to Temple’s Acute Rehabilitation center to begin her rehabilitation. Pressure ulcers (bedsores) developed and progressed at Temple University Hospital Rehabilitation and were not properly documented or treated. Dr. Frederick Nissley, her attending physician during rehabilitation, failed to note or place orders for care of the ulcers upon Ms. Glasgow’s discharge on December 22, 2010.

Over the next 6 months, Dr. Balasubramanian performed multiple surgeries on Ms. Glasgow in an attempt to repair vascular insuffiencies in her lower extremities, as well as to repair damage caused by a MRSA infection in her left leg. She was admitted to twelve different rehab facilities. The infection was not timely and/or appropriately addressed and ultimately, Annabelle Glasgow required an amputation of her left leg above the knee.

The case was tried before The Honorable Rosalyn Robinson in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Irene M. McLafferty of Messa & Associates, P.C. represented the plaintiff. The trial lasted seven days. The jury found all of the defendants (Drs. Balasubramanian and Nissley and Temple University Hospital) liable for Ms. Glasgow’s injuries.

Irene M. McLafferty is a trial attorney with over 25 years of experience in the courtroom, vigorously representing her clients. Her experience extends to a variety of complex trial matters with current focus on catastrophic injury, medical negligence, products liability, and dram shop. Ms. McLafferty is an experienced litigator admitted and licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. She is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court for the districts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Middle Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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Messa & Associates, P.C. represents individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, fires and explosions. Our attorneys serve Pennsylvania clients throughout the state, including in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Messa & Associates are also proud to serve New Jersey clients throughout that state, and also litigate selected cases throughout the country.