Case Examples

Medical Malpractice Case Examples

The verdicts and settlements that are mentioned in our website are examples of some of our firm's successes. These settlements and verdicts should not be used for comparison to your case or to any other case. Every case must be evaluated on its own merits and nothing in this website should be construed as a representation or suggestion that your case will produce a settlement or verdict in any amount or that your case will produce the type of success that our firm has achieved in other reported cases. Although we have had some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the area we do not list the amounts. Our clients mean more to us than a number. If you have any questions about the information on this page or about a medical malpractice case please contact our attorneys today.

Medication Error: UPMC McKeesport Responsible for Medication Error

Paralysis: A Lawrence County woman with complaints of shoulder pain went to a doctor who represented himself to be a pain anesthesiologist. He recommended that she have a cervical steroid injection. At the time of injection, he actually did two injections. The result was permanent quadriplegia or the inability to move her arms or legs. The case settled for an amount that allows her to live in her own home which was modified to accommodate her needs.

Medical Malpractice: In a case filed in Allegheny County, a 42 year old woman was prescribed coumadin, a blood thinner, following back surgery at a local hospital. Her blood levels, called an INR, were appropriately monitored. The physicians failed to discontinue her coumadin when it was clear that her coumadin dose was too high. As a result, she developed a bleed into her spinal cord at the site of her surgery. Because of the bleed, she is a permanent paraplegic. The case settled and the client was able to build a fully handicapped accessible home and she is now able to receive the medical and rehabilitation care that she needs for the remainder of her life.

Medical Malpractice: A 9 month old baby suffered burns on his abdomen and arms. After weeks in the hospital he was scheduled to be discharged home for Christmas. His health care providers failed to monitor his electrolytes. He died in the hospital of dehydration. The case settled before trial in Allegheny County.

Delayed Cancer Diagnosis: A 60 year old woman had new onset vaginal bleeding. She went to her doctors who ordered an abdominal CT scan. The abdominal CT scan showed a pelvic mass. She was not informed of the results nor directed to get further testing. Two years later the bleeding returned and she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Because of the delay in diagnosis her cancer had spread and was no longer curable. The case settled during trial in Allegheny County.

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The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers of Richards & Richards, LLP, offer free, no-obligation initial consultations in a range of cases, including those involving medical malpractice, wrongful death and related wrong diagnosis and medical negligence issues. Please contact our medical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible. If you cannot make it to our Pittsburgh, PA offices, our attorneys can meet with you at your home or hospital.

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