Medical Malpractice

Mother developing pneumonia calls Kaiser nurse advice line, is not seen by docs until it is too late. $2.74 million award. Alameda County.

Mother of two young children develops pneumonia-like symptoms and repeatedly calls Kaiser's nurse advice line. She is not seen by doctors until it is too late. Wrongful death due to medical negligence.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Kaiser
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 22, 2015

Med-mal case against Kaiser goes to trial when arbitration clause is beaten. $28 million gross. Los Angeles County.

Teen loses leg to aggressive cancer when Kaiser delays MRI.  Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is sued for insurance bad faith, but after summary judgment for defense, complaint is amended to include medical negligence against Kaiser's physician group. Plaintiff defeats Kaiser arbitration clause and a second summary judgment motion, and case goes to a jury. 

  • Case Name: Anna Rahm v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preemie suffers stomach perforation from feeding tube. $727K verdict. Los Angeles.

Premature twin infant in neonatal ICU suffers stomach perforation; feeding tube inserted at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center is blamed. Verdict reduced per MICRA.

  • Case Name: Oscar Wang v. AHMC San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, LP
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Doctor dies after heart treatment at Kaiser. $2.6 million net arbitration award. Los Angeles County.

Doctor, 56, is treated with stents at Kaiser, later dies of sudden cardiac death.

  • Case Name: Doe et al. v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 09, 2014

Defense offers $150,000 in hospice sexual assault case. Defense verdict. Riverside County.

Male hospice patient, an alcoholic, claims he was raped by hospice aide in a nursing facility.  CCP offer of $150,000 total by two defendant corporations.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Odyssey Healthcare GP LLC dba Odyssey Hospice; John Roe hospice aide, and Indio Healthcare & Wellness Center LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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