$8,000,000 medical malpractice settlement involving failure to manage peripartum cardiomyopathy following pregnancy resulting in cardiac arrest and brain damage (fall 2019)
A forty-eight-year-old man suffered blindness after his glaucoma was mismanaged by his eye doctor. The lawsuit alleged that the physician diagnosed the wrong form of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, and missed the signs and symptoms that showed the patient was actually suffering from the more severe and more dangerous form: angle closure glaucoma. Because of the error, the doctor never ordered the appropriate treatment and the patient lost a significant portion of his vision before seeking help from another ophthalmologist.
A forty-four-year-old husband and father of two died as a result of allergic reaction to drug used to treat a heart condition. The FDA had warned of life-threatening allergic reactions to the drug, Coreg, as early as 2009. The patient presented to an Emergency Room on two occasions during the thirty-day period prior to his death, suffering from severe allergic reactions. On the second occasion, six days before his death, a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis was present. Even following the second Emergency Room visit, the patient’s cardiologist failed to stop the Coreg and actually doubled the dose. The patient was not provided with an EpiPen and was not provided with a referral to an allergist. The Defendants argued that the patient’s death was not caused by an allergic reaction, but rather, his underlying heart condition.
A fifty-seven-year-old man presented to a hospital for a hernia repair. Following the operation, laboratory studies, failure to urinate, dropping blood pressure and pain indicated the patient was probably bleeding internally.
The laboratory findings and the dropping blood pressure were not acted upon and approximately 36 hours following the surgery, the patient died as a result of the internal bleeding. At the time of autopsy, over a liter of blood was found in the patient’s abdomen.
The case was particularly tragic in that the dropping blood pressure and absence of urination was not acted upon by a number of nurses, residents, or attending physicians.
Following the patient’s death, a top hospital administrator informed the patient’s wife that her husband had probably died of blood clots to the lung, even though he knew laboratory studies confirmed the patient had bled to death.
Patient injured her back at work. She was directed by her employer to present to a workers’ compensation medical clinic for treatment. She treated at clinic over six-weeks and ultimately was assigned to a neurosurgeon. Immediately after the surgery, she could not move her legs. The neurosurgeon failed to order appropriate post-operative imaging studies, which would have revealed a large collection of blood (an epidural hematoma) pressing against the patient’s spinal cord. If an MRI or CAT scan had been obtained, they would have revealed the collection of blood, it would have been evacuated and the patient would not have suffered her permanent spinal cord injury.
The case was settled the day prior to trial, and involved several significant legal issues, including whether the operating neurosurgeon was an agent of the clinic.
Jeff Meyers & Justin Hakala secured a $3,825,000 recovery for the family of a deceased trucking accident victim from a waste management company. The victim was a sixty year old woman crossing the street at a crosswalk when she as struck by a garbage truck making a turn. The development of the case involved multiple experts with specialties ranging from forensic pathology to biomechanics and accident reconstruction. A complete mock trial with testimony presented by video from family members who were scattered across the country was conducted to develop the strengths and weaknesses of the case.