Kentucky Woman Wins $8.2 Million Verdict
A 35-year-old Kentucky mother went to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood with the worst headache of her life. The emergency room doctor ordered a CT exam to evaluate her headache. The CT showed evidence of a brain bleed, but the scan was misread by the radiologist. Another test was required, but instead the ER doctor told her it was just a migraine, and sent her on her way. Twelve days later, a blood vessel burst in her brain, and the woman was paralyzed from the neck down, unable to speak. An undetected brain aneurysm was to blame.
The woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the ER physician and radiologist for their failure to diagnose the aneurysm that severely altered her life. After seven years of litigation, a team of attorneys, including lead counsel Jim Leventhal of Leventhal & Puga, P.C., obtained a jury verdict for the woman of $8.3 million. Since her injury, the woman has had to reside in a nursing home, unable to care for herself. She’s also missed out on a significant amount of her 12-year-old son’s life, being unable to hug him or attend his little league baseball games.
When we seek medical care, we trust that the physician who treats us will take the time necessary to correctly diagnose our ailment. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis, or fails to diagnose an illness or injury that a competent doctor would have discovered, that is grounds for a medical malpractice suit. But, as you can see from the case above, it’s not as simple as demanding compensation from the guilty physician. Doctors carry malpractice insurance, which means that they’ll have lawyers fighting to deny you the settlement or verdict you deserve. In order to get true justice, you should enlist the representation of an experienced medical malpractice attorney who will hold the negligent doctor, hospital, or clinic responsible for your losses.
While no amount of money can bring a person’s health back, a significant monetary award can make a big difference in an injury victim’s life, and the lives of family members.
If you have questions about medical care you received, and would like to know more about grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, please contact the Denver office of Leventhal & Puga, P.C., at (877) 433-3906 for a no-cost initial consultation.