Verdicts & Settlements - Medical Malpractice - Anonymous - 2002

Facts/Liability:

This is a medical negligence claim arising out of the defendant=s care and treatment of a 41-year old nurse following her presentation to a physician for pain in her right middle back and right upper quadrant in 2002. The plaintiff underwent diagnostic radiologic imaging. The radiologic tests were interpreted by the defendant as a hepatic hemangioma (benign liver tumor). The plaintiff was told that they could not find a cause for her pain and it was likely due to food.  The plaintiff lived with the pain that occurred intermittently for the next six years. In 2008, the plaintiff suffered a more severe episode of abdominal pain which lead to further radiological studies and the diagnosis of metastatic carcinoid tumor. The 2002 films were reviewed by a consulting surgeon who confirmed that the 2002 films were misread as a hemangioma (benign tumor) by the defendant.

Injuries:

As a result of the defendant’s negligence, the plaintiff’s condition went undiagnosed for more than six years, allowing the cancer to grow and spread.  As a result, the plaintiff has sustained substantial medical and hospital expenses, lost significant earnings and enjoyment of life, and will likely suffer a shortened life expectancy.

Specials:

Medical Bills: $79,118.48
Funeral Expenses: Possibly as high as $1,597,381
Total: $79,118.48 - $1,676,499.48

Verdict/Settlement:

The parties reached a confidential settlement before the screening panel but after suit was filed.

Plaintiff’s Experts:

Anonymous

Defense Experts:

Anonymous

Plaintiff’s Counsel:

Mark A. Abramson, Esquire
Holly B. Haines, Esquire
Eva H. Bleich, Esquire

Abramson, Brown & Dugan
1819 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Defense Counsel:

Anonymous

Insurance Carrier:

Anonymous

Name of Case/County:

Anonymous

Date of Injury:

2002

Date of Verdict or Settlement:

2010