Medical Malpractice

Out-patient gynecological surgery results in death of 40-year-old. Defense. Fresno County.

Woman is discharged home after surgeon punctures left internal iliac artery; bleeds to death. Surgeon settles out; defendant anesthesiologist says there were no signs of a problem when he discharged her.

  • Case Name: Thomas Caruso v. Hoa V. Pham, M.D., Community Regional Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 30, 2013

Doc botches hernia surgery, damaging nerves. No offer. $573,208 verdict. Los Angeles County.

General surgeon performs hernia repair but damages nerve, leaving plaintiff in constant pain and impairing his daily activities. $573,208 gross verdict, later reduced per MICRA.

  • Case Name: Farshid Enteghami v. Adel Jabour, M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Psych hospital nurse improperly assesses patient, who then attacks another patient. $5.9 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff was admitted to defendant psychiatric hospital for depression. A violent patient was placed in the room with plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered head injuries after attack by the new patient.

  • Case Name: Andrew L. Gerard v. BHC Alhambra Hospital, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 12, 2012

Failure to diagnose cancer leads to amputation of finger and $150,000 jury verdict. Los Angeles County.

Defendant plastic surgeon treated plaintiff's finger for 18 months, including performing four surgeries, before referring to another specialist who correctly diagnosed cancer.

  • Case Name: David DiGregorio v. Joel Aronowitz, M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hair transplant goes wrong for 70-year-old patient, results in med-mal gross verdict of $2.7 million. Los Angeles County.

Patient suffers stroke after hair transplant surgery. Pre- and post-op negligence to blame.

  • Case Name: Ghorban Ali Salmanzadeh v Bosley Medical Group et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

$12 million for med mal and medical device product liability, including punitives. San Diego County.

Device intended to minimize swelling after orthopedic surgery causes non-freezing cold injury.  Doctor prescribes it despite prior settlement for malpractice over same device and type of injury.

  • Case Name: Whitney Engler v. Breg, Inc.; David Chao, M.D.; & Oasis, MSO, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 30, 2012

$74.5 million med-mal verdict to child born with cerebral palsy. San Luis Obispo.

In-utero heart rate fluctuates dramatically but medical team fails to hasten birth. Child born with cerebral palsy.

  • Case Name: Blunt v. Haupt
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 19, 2012

$552,000 for physician’s assistant’s negligence resulting in delayed surgery for wrist injury. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff suffered a wrist injury and sought treatment which did not improve her condition after five months. She had been treated by a P.A., never seen by a physician up to that point. After the fruitless five months, she was finally seen by a hand specialist who immediately recommended surgery.

  • Case Name: Galvan v. Mora
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Surgeon injures vertebral artery, causing stroke. Permanent neurological damage. $628,497 award. San Diego County.

64-year-old business owner underwent cervical revision surgery, suffered bleeding and stroke.

  • Case Name: David Dominy, et al. v. Neville Alleyne, M.D., et al.
  • Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Surgeon's error damages digestive system; $605K settlement at trial. Riverside County.

Negligence during a gallbladder removal is said to cause permanent injury to plaintiff's bile system. Settlement at trial.

  • Case Name: Welch v. Roe Surgeon
  • Monday, 13 April 2015