We have handled a wide range of medical malpractice cases for our clients. Due to confidentiality agreements requested by the defendants and their insurers, and to protect the privacy concerns of our clients, the names of the parties and compensation amounts have been withheld.
In a lawsuit involving a severely brain damaged Clayton County infant, we were able to secure for the child's parents a recovery which will provide lifetime care for their disabled child. The baby had suffered a cardiac arrest following an injection into an IV line. It was our contention that potassium had been mistakenly injected and that there was then a delayed and inadequate response to the cardiac arrest which led to catastrophic brain damage.
A medical negligence action against a radiologist in Fulton County, Georgia arose out of a mammography procedure that went terribly awry. This diagnostic procedure involved placement of a localization wire in order to track the exact location of a breast lesion while the X-rays were taken. Tragically, during placement of the wire, it penetrated the chest wall causing serious injuries to the tissues surrounding the patient's heart and various respiratory and other complications. The defense contention that this was a recognized complication of the procedure was insufficient to prevent a substantial verdict for this unfortunate lady.
In a case involving the use of acid to remove a benign skin lesion, another unfortunate client suffered due to the physician's clumsiness. Chemical burns and considerable scarring to the patient's back were caused when the physician dropped and spilled the bottle of acid. Although the physician passed away before suit could be brought, fair compensation from his insurer was obtained.
We were able to help a young widow whose husband had fallen from a golf cart, hitting his head. The patient had a history of hemophilia, which was made known to the emergency room staff. Despite this and signs of internal bleeding around the patient's eyes, he was not given the necessary medication by the emergency room doctor. This led to an uncontrolled bleed in the brain, catastrophic brain damage and eventually the patient's death.
A large recovery was obtained on behalf of a severely brain damaged ENT patient in DeKalb County, Georgia, who sustained an injury to the frontal lobe of her brain during endoscopic sinus surgery. The patient contended that to penetrate the brain cavity was below the standard of care and that there was also a negligent delay in recognizing that the injury had occurred. It was not until the hospital pathologist noted brain matter in what was supposed to be "sinus" tissue that the injury was finally recognized. By this point, the brain had become infected by sinus bacteria and devastating brain damage resulted.
An action involving complications of knee surgery led to a large jury award in Fulton County, Georgia, for our client's permanent injuries. The orthopedic surgeon contended that the patient's post-operative infection, which ended up destroying his knee joint, was an unfortunate, but acceptable complication. Proof of an apparent failure to provide antibiotics prophylaxis prior to the surgery and a delay in diagnosing and treating the infection, however, overcame this defense and empowered the jury to do justice.
Our firm has successfully handled several cases involving injuries to babies and their mothers during labor and delivery. In one such case, a medical malpractice suit was filed on behalf of child who suffers from cerebral palsy sustained while his mother was in labor. The baby's parents contended that the defendant obstetrician and hospital nursing staff negligently delayed C-section delivery despite signs of fetal distress. Multiple defense experts argued that the electronic fetal monitoring evidence was in fact reassuring and cord blood analysis did not indicate asphyxia. Despite this, fair compensation was obtained.
We successfully pursued a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of young man who required heart valve replacement due to the destruction of the valve from bacterial infection. There had been a delay of several weeks in diagnosing and treating bacterial endocarditis, due to an internal medicine doctor's misdiagnosis of mononucleosis.
Compensation was obtained for a patient injured due to a gynecologist's failure to recognize her signs of breast cancer. In this medical malpractice lawsuit, we contended that there had been a one year delay in diagnosing the breast cancer, due to the doctor's erroneous conclusion that a breast lump was a benign cyst. Our ability to show a family history of breast cancer that was ignored and that the doctor failed to obtain a mammogram led to a successful outcome of our client's lawsuit.
In another medical negligence case, compensation was obtained on behalf of patient whose primary care physician had ignored classic signs of a heart attack. The patient had complained of chest pain, nausea, arm pain and shortness of breath. Despite these symptoms, the defendant doctor failed to obtain an electrocardiogram and sent the patient home. By the time our client's heart attack was diagnosed by another doctor, he had sustained significant, permanent heart muscle damage which would have likely been avoided by earlier treatment.
In another case involving misdiagnosis, we were able to help a Clayton County, Georgia man who lost his leg due to medical neglect. In that case, a lump behind the knee was mistakenly diagnosed as a baker's cyst, when in fact it was due to a vascular aneurysm. Sadly, a suspected aneurysm was diagnosed by a radiologist, but the patient was not told this and the report was apparently not read by the patient's orthopedist. By the time the aneurysm was eventually recognized by another doctor, it was too late to save the leg and an amputation above the knee had to be done.
We assisted two different families whose mothers died after being prescribed Oxycontin by the same psychiatrist. The psychiatrist was treating both ladies with high doses of the narcotic drug for pain, but he did not perform physical exams or appropriately assess the patients' pain before prescribing such an addictive drug. Both patients also had a history of psychological problems. The coroner ruled that the women died of accidental overdoses of Oxycontin. We were able to show that the defendant doctor suspected that the patients were not capable of complying with the medical treatment but still persisted in prescribing the drug without appropriately monitoring his patients.