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Failure to Diagnose Infection Leads to Paralysis, $4.25 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

NJ Failure to Diagnose LawyerAn Indiana man was recently awarded $4.25 million in damages in a medical malpractice case that began over 10 years ago, when he was paralyzed below the waist due to medical professionals’ failure to diagnose and treat an infection.

The victim in this case, Robert Lehman, sought treatment at the Dunlap Urgent Care Center in 2005, after sustaining a workplace injury. During his initial visit, Lehman was given a shot, written a prescription, and told he could resume work. When his condition became more severe, he returned to the clinic, at which time he was examined by Dr. Jay Schlabach, prescribed additional pain medication, and sent back to work again.

Lehman developed further complications and was eventually admitted to the emergency room at IU Health Goshen Hospital. Upon examination, he was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome, a serious neurologic condition involving excessive pressure on the spinal nerve roots. It is essential to recognize and treat this condition immediately, as it can cause incontinence and/or permanent paralysis of the legs if left untreated.

Tragically, in the case of Mr. Lehman, negligent medical professionals allowed Cauda Equina Syndrome to perpetuate, which resulted in catastrophic injury. Now, he is paralyzed from the waist down. In the recent ruling, Presiding Judge Terry Shewmaker ordered the clinic and the doctor to pay $4.25 million to Lehman. They were also ordered to pay $450,000 to Lehman’s wife, Marla Lehman, whom he said “suffered her own damages for the loss of her companionship and consortium of her husband.”

In medical malpractice cases like this one, the total compensation awarded may account for a host of variables, including past medical expenses, rehabilitative treatment, necessary future accommodations, life-long medical care, loss of income due to inability to work, and pain and suffering. Interestingly, the emotional and financial burden placed on the victim’s wife was also considered before the verdict was rendered.

At Fronzuto Law Group, our skilled New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys utilize evidence-based strategies to achieve maximum compensation for victims who are injured as a result of medical negligence in New Jersey and New York. To discuss your potential claim with one of our highly knowledgeable lawyers today, contact us at 973-587-6880 for a cost-free initial consultation.

For additional information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Goshen couple wins $4.25 million in medical malpractice case

Court Awards $53 Million to Boy Born with Brain Injury after Fetal Distress

Following a month-long medical malpractice trial, a jury recently awarded $53 million to a young boy who suffered a hypoxic brain injury after physicians failed to recognize and treat fetal distress during his delivery. The mother of the young boy, Lisa Ewing, arrived at the University of Chicago Medical Center in April of 2004 to deliver her… Continue Reading

Hospital and Medical Device Manufacturer Facing Lawsuits After Man Dies of Bacterial Infection

A medical device manufacturer and a Pennsylvania hospital are facing multiple lawsuits after two patients contracted a bacterial infection following open-heart surgery, one of whom tragically died as a result. By way of background, these cases follow an announcement made by Pennsylvania’s York Hospital, which informed patients who had open-heart surgery between October 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015… Continue Reading

Improving Health Care by Studying Medical Malpractice Lawsuits from the Past

In an interesting development in the field of medicine, medical malpractice insurers have begun combing through thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits from the past to identify common themes in these claims. By recognizing emerging similarities, doctors, hospitals, and medical facilities are better able to prepare for, prevent, and proactively address threats to patient safety. Today,… Continue Reading

Failure to Warn Doctrine Affirmed in Pharmaceutical Product Defect Case

In a recent pharmaceutical product defect case involving pelvic mesh, a New Jersey Appellate Court upheld an $11.1 million verdict, affirmed the applicability of the failure to warn doctrine, and issued a decision that has far-reaching implications for pelvic mesh implant litigation both in New Jersey and nationwide. The case in question involves plaintiff, Linda… Continue Reading

Woman Files Medical Malpractice Claim After Surgical Error Leaves Her Paralyzed

A woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against an Iowa hospital after a catastrophic surgical error left her paralyzed, neurologically impaired, and in need of 24-hour care. The aforementioned case began in 2014, when 52-year-old Joyce Bohren sought treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for hearing difficulties. Physicians soon identified two benign tumors, called meningiomas,… Continue Reading

Mother Seeks Damages After Delivery Errors Cause Son’s Birth Injury

In a recent medical malpractice case filed in New York, a mother is seeking damages, claiming that the mismanagement of her labor led to a severe birth injury for her son, who sustained significant neurological damage after being deprived of oxygen. This case was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of… Continue Reading

Upcoming Trial in Medical Malpractice Case Involving Young Doctor Who Died of Undiagnosed Blood Clot

The trial is about to begin in a medical malpractice case involving a 26-year-old doctor who died after doctors allegedly failed to diagnose and treat the blood clot that ultimately claimed her life. Just days after graduating from medical school in 2013, 26-year-old Pennsylvania resident Jennifer Sidari tragically died as a result of a fatal brain hemorrhage. Her parents, Peter… Continue Reading

Woman Awarded $5.1 Million After Contracting Hepatitis C from Contaminated Colonoscopy Instruments

In a recent case out of Brooklyn, New York, a woman was awarded $5.1 million in damages after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against two doctors, specifically a gastroenterologist and an anesthesiologist. The woman claimed to have contracted Hepatitis C as a result of cross-contamination during a routine colonoscopy. The plaintiff in this case, 48-year-old Lucy… Continue Reading

Growing Concern as Zika Virus Proliferates, May Cause Birth Defects in Infants

The World Health Organization (WHO) has scheduled an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to address the recent proliferation of Zika virus, which has been tentatively linked to birth defects in infants. Since the Zika virus outbreak, there has been a significant increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly, a rare condition that causes abnormally small… Continue Reading

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