Successfully Litigating Medical Malpractice
At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., our success in litigation is a result of our attorneys’ hard work and thorough preparation for trial in each matter. Please take a look at some of our verdicts and settlements on medical malpractice claims.
$7.2 million jury verdict in Miami against Mercy Hospital and a hospital-based anesthesiologist for medical negligence that left a 22-year-old man brain-dead. The Hernandez family came to the firm when their son was rendered brain-dead during a routine operation for a broken leg. We were able to conclusively establish the hospital and anesthesiologist’s liability in failing to appropriately monitor the patient during surgery. At the time, it was the largest verdict for medical malpractice in Florida.
$3.5 Million Settlement for a 55-year-old male who underwent a spinal laminectomy. Post-surgery, wound became infected and despite positive cultures of a severe infection, treatment was delayed by the neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon causing prolonged wound healing, difficulty in walking and long-term antibiotic treatment.
$1.7 Million Jury Verdict against an orthopedic doctor and three hospital radiologists for the medical negligence of failing to timely diagnose synovial sarcoma. The radiologists failed to communicate to the orthopedic doctor of the potential differential diagnosis of a synovial sarcoma. The orthopedic doctor failed to follow up on the synovial sarcoma. All in all, the failure to interpret, diagnose and treat the Plaintiff in a timely fashion caused an 18 year old to suffer for 3 years prior to her demise.
Confidential settlement in Nevada for a 53 year old women against her primary care provider who despite many routine exams including lab work, failed on multiple occasions to bring to the patient’s attention the abnormal lab results and failed to refer the patient to a nephrologist despite many indications of renal disease. As a result, the patient is now in end-stage kidney failure and on dialysis and will require a kidney transplant.
Confidential settlement in Naples for a man who went to Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples showing signs and symptoms of heart condition and he was ignored in the ER leaving Mr. Lang to die. A lawsuit was brought by Mr. Lang’s wife who was appointed the Personal Representative in Mr. Lang’s estate.
$755,000 settlement in Miami for medical malpractice misdiagnosis of broken leg, causing length discrepancy in legs. Settled in presuit.
Confidential settlement in Hawaii against the United States of America in a Federal Tort Claim Act case for the death of a 10-month-old after substandard medical care allowed a grapefruit sized tumor to grow in the baby’s abdomen undetected. The tumor was never appreciated by the physicians or staff by an army hospital.
$362,000.00 Pre-Suit Settlement against a children home health care. The minor plaintiff was 2 years old when she passed away due to the negligence of a home health nurse. The baby suffered from some physical and mental disabilities and was trach dependent. This baby required a home health nurse at all times to aid, support and care for her. The nurse who was taking care of her failed to properly handle the child’s tracheostomy tube change which blocked the decedent’s airway, and failed to begin CPR to correct the lack of oxygen. The baby became brain dead, was placed on life support and eventually passed away as a result of the negligence.
$305,000 verdict in Palm Beach for a man who suffered a misdiagnosis of heart condition by Dr. Joseph Motta ultimately leading to Mr. Drew’s death.
$300,000 settlement in Naples for a 73-year-old male who suffered an eye injury due to trauma sustained from a branch of a palm tree. Mr. Oztimurlenk saw an ophthalmologist right after the injury. The ophthalmologist operated on his eye but failed to treat him appropriately by leaving a foreign object in the patient’s eye, causing him to continue having pain and resulting in injuries to his eye. After seeking treatment with many other eye specialists, it was discovered the presence of a foreign body in his eye. Mr. Oztimurlenk suffered permanent loss of vision in his left eye due to negligence of the ophthalmologist to timely identify the foreign object. Settled in presuit.
Confidential Settlement against a hospital for the wrongful birth delivery of a baby girl. The doctors delivered the mom’s baby girl using forceps after so many hours of complicated labor. By using the forceps, the baby girl suffered disfigurement and shoulder dystocia due to the failure to gather the necessary records to determine the size of the baby before birth. The baby was born weighing 10 pounds 7 ounces.
Confidential Settlement against a hospital for the failure to note that Plaintiff had an extreme low blood count upon admission. The Plaintiff was a 46-year-old male who suffered from a nosebleed and was transported from a medical center in Key West to hospital in Miami, FL for an ENT Consult and for further treatment. The patient was actively bleeding and the hospital failed to timely order the ENT Consult and failed to timely order blood transfusions despite the patient’s critical condition. As a result, the patient passed away from acute blood loss anemia and epistaxis.
Confidential settlement in presuit in Palm Beach for an 81-year-old man who lost his chance to be cancer-free when his surgeon failed to remove a cancerous tumor. As a result, the patient’s cancer grew and was unable to be fully removed necessitating the removal of the colon by a second surgeon. The Plaintiff continues to receive radiation treatment due to the surgeon’s negligence.
Confidential settlement in North Carolina for a 63-year-old woman who suffered an eye injury due to an ophthalmologist who improperly operated on the patient’s eye and failed to provide the appropriate post-surgery medication. The Plaintiff suffered permanent loss of vision in her right eye due to negligence of the ophthalmologist.
$160,000 settlement in Miami for a 3-year-old male child who was born prematurely at Parkway Regional Medical Center. At the time of his birth, he was the victim of negligent IV monitoring and as a result IV infiltrate caused severe chemical burning to his left foot. The scarring caused tissue damage to the interior and exterior tissue of the foot. The injury to his left foot required revision and reconstructive surgery. Even after corrective surgery, his foot remains with minor permanent scarring. A guardianship was opened.