Philadelphia Common Pleas Court has added roughly $1.3 million to the $10.1 million verdict that Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford won last November in a late diagnosed meningitis case. Delay damages are interest that begin to accrue starting one year after a lawsuit is filed. The case involved an 11-month-old child, Shamir Tillery, who was taken by his mother for treatment at the emergency room of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors there diagnosed an upper respiratory infection and Shamir was sent home with little treatment.
It was only a matter of time before a jury in Pennsylvania or another American court heard a medical malpractice case like the one our lawyers successfully litigated on behalf of Bonnie Semple.
In 2015, Kline & Specter medical malpractice attorneys Michael A. Trunk and Gary Zakeosian won a $2.8 million verdict in Ms. Semple's lawsuit, which was initiated after she suffered irreversible damage to her larynx and trachea as the result of an emergency room doctor's error.
Kline & Specter led all law firms with the most large verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, according to the latest report by PaLaw released this week. Kline & Specter had five of the Top 50 – all five being jury verdicts – and with four results in the Top 25.
It was only the beginning of her problems when a wife and mother in her forties suffered a heart attack. Taken to a Philadelphia hospital, she was treated for the heart attack but later suffered additional symptoms, including headache and vomiting. A resident in the intensive care unit prescribed pain and anti-nausea medicine but failed to perform a CT scan. Had he ordered the test, it would have revealed a large bleed in the frontal lobe of the woman’s brain and could have prevented a stroke that caused permanent brain damage.
Over the years, suburban counties have proven an inhospitable place for plaintiffs attorneys and their clients, particularly in medical malpractice cases. Take Delaware County, for example. In the most recently completed four-year period, 2011-2014, juries delivered verdicts in 27 medical malpractice cases. The number won by the plaintiffs was staggeringly low – five. That’s five wins against 18 losses. (Even the Phillies have a better percentage won-loss record.)
Kline & Specter’s Michael Trunk and Gary Zakeosian waited long into the night last Friday, but when a jury reached a verdict at 9 p.m. after five hours of deliberations it was for the plaintiff – a nearly $2.8 million award in a medical malpractice case for Bonnie Semple of Aston, Pa.
Pop star Avril Lavigne recently drew attention not for her singing voice but to the problem of misdiagnosing Lyme disease.
Lyme is an infectious bacterial disease most commonly contracted through a tick bite. It has been contracted by people in all 50 states and 60 countries nationwide.
Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include:
Melanoma develops in the skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives color to your skin. It is the most serious type of skin cancer. The cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage occurs to the skin cells that lead to rapid multiplication and the formation of malignant tumors.
Colon cancer is second only to lung cancer in causing cancer-related deaths in the United States. About 56,000 Americans die from the disease annually. While anyone can develop colon cancer, 90 percent of new cases occur in people 50 and older. People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or offspring) who had colon cancer are two to three times more likely to develop the disease.
Safeguarding against Colon Cancer
Nearly a century ago, and completely by accident, we were blessed by the discovery of antibiotics. These new drugs could be used to combat a large number of bacterial infections. However, over the years and with constant use, these wonder drugs have caused new mutations of bacteria to emerge. These new strains of bacteria are resistant to antibiotics and can cause severe injury and even death if they are not found quickly.