Medical malpractice cases have become quite common. Every year, the percentage of people injured as a result of medical malpractice increases. Total compensation for all injured this way exceeds multiple billions of dollars.
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim against the institution that provided you with healthcare, or against the doctors or surgeons who breached their duty of care towards you as a patient. Speak with Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys today to learn more about your eligibility to file a claim.
One such case was all over the news last year.
Namely, In August 2019, a married couple was awarded millions of dollars in a medical malpractice claim. To be precise, it was $8.5 million. Here is what happened and how this couple fought for their legal rights.
How It All Started
In 2015, a man named Robert Kline went for a bladder ultrasound. His doctors at the time were Dr. Lien Nguyen and Dr. Christopher Stromaski (an emergency medicine doctor). The 2015 scan showed no signs of any anomalies but contained a picture which “could have been a tumor”. The patient returned 2 years later, with serious pain in his bladder. The scans revealed multiple tumors in his bladder, as well as cancer that was developing slowly.
The man underwent several surgeries, which removed his bladder and his prostate completely. He then underwent chemotherapy and was finally free of cancer.
The man later sued the hospital for “not spotting the tumor earlier”, which caused him serious physical and emotional pain, and lowered his life expectancy.
After filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, Robert and his wife were awarded $8.5 in damages only because Robert was held 15 percent responsible and the two doctors shared a total of 85 percent responsibility (Nguyen was 60 percent responsible, and Stromatski was 25 percent responsible). The jury awarded $10 in damages, but due to being 15 percent responsible, Robert and his wife took home $8.5 million in damages.
How Did They Prove Negligence
Robert’s Attorney, Paul Lauricella, was able to prove that Robert’s 2015 ultrasound scan showed the same results as the 2017 scan results, both containing the black mark which was a tumor. The attorney blamed the doctor for not noticing it on time, and as a result, Robert had to undergo multiple surgeries and face mortal dangers several times.
Understand your rights and always fight for them. If you believe that you were a victim of medical malpractice, consult with an attorney today to find out if you have the right to file a claim. Remember that you have a certain amount of time to act before your case becomes “old”.
If you have any reason to believe that your doctor made a mistake, contact medical malpractice attorneys in Pittsburgh right away, and they will help investigate your case and prove that you were indeed a victim of medical malpractice. Call today!