Plaintiff was discharged by a hospital emergency room with a fracture of his cervical spine and became quadriplegic the next morning. In this action, based on failure to properly diagnose and treat the fracture, plaintiff was awarded $2.6 million. Northrup v. Memorial Hospital at Easton, Health Claims Arbitration.
A 19 year old woman who was admitted to the hospital to deliver a baby suffered a stroke as a result of the hospital’s failure to timely discover and treat pre-eclampsia, a sudden rise in blood pressure which can occur late in pregnancy. The plaintiff and her husband recovered under a confidential settlement agreement.
Plaintiff died after he was given an excessive dose of Coumadin (anti-coagulant or blood thinner). The plaintiff’s family and estate recovered under a confidential settlement agreement.
As a result of a physician’s failure to timely detect and treat breast cancer, the plaintiff, not yet 40 years of age, was required to undergo a mastectomy and major reconstruction of her breast, extended radiation and chemotherapy. The patient and her husband recovered in a confidential settlement agreement.
Plaintiff was fatally injured when the surgeon negligently severed his common bile duct during a cholycystectomy for the removal of a gall bladder, leading to rampant infection, additional surgery, and death after a prolonged battle. The plaintiff’s family and estate recovered under a confidential settlement agreement.
Plaintiff’s wife was killed when a tractor trailer collided with his wife’s car. The driver’s employer was sued for negligently entrusting the tractor trailer to an unlicensed and inexperienced driver. The Estate of the wife and her surviving family members recovered in a confidential settlement.
Plaintiff, a young, talented journalist on vacation in Ocean City, was walking across a crosswalk in Ocean City, when an unlicensed and intoxicated driver, driving his car at a grossly excessive speed, ran him down. In a trial without jury, the trial judge awarded damages to the journalist’s estate for pre-impact fright, to his mother for her son’s wrongful death, and to the deceased’s brother who witnessed the horror and was nearly killed himself.
On the day of trial, a municipality entered into a confidential settlement agreement with the family of a young man who was killed because the municipality failed to maintain and repair a portion of the highway; attorney investigation uncovered from a dusty city basement aerial photos which vividly demonstrated that the defect was so large that it was visible from an airplane.
The plaintiff recovered in a confidential settlement for spinal injuries sustained when a concrete pump exploded due to the failure of the defendant to follow manufacturer’s instructions.
While under care at a nursing home for illnesses which included problems with disorientation, the patient wandered out of the nursing home in the middle of winter and was never seen again. His children recovered in a confidential settlement.
A mother recovered for the wrongful death of her daughter resulting from the failure of an emergency room department physician’s assistant to diagnose pneumonia.
A security guard charged with overseeing the annual outdoor burn of community trash left her post to get a sandwich. A young boy rode his bike around the perimeter of the dump, unaware that dirt had been heaped over and was hiding burning coals. He suffered severe burns to both feet and ankles requiring multiple skin grafts. The child’s family recovered in a confidential settlement against the guard’s company.
Please note that results will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual matter. Therefore, prior results do not predict, warrant or guarantee a similar outcome in the future.