Large award in excess of a million dollars — A husband from Allegheny County and a teacher at a community college died from a pulmonary embolus that was not discovered while he was a patient at a Pittsburgh hospital following abdominal surgery. We filed a legal claim against the doctors and nurses claiming that there were clear warning signs that this patient was developing blood clots in his legs and that if earlier tests such as an ultrasound had been done, the clots would have been discovered before they broke off and went to his lungs and caused the man's sudden death. We received a large award in excess of a million dollars on behalf of his widow and daughter.
Seven-figure recovery for a lung cancer victim and his family. A Pittsburgh man in his late 50s died as a result of a delay in diagnosis of lung cancer. Please click here to read the tragic details of the delayed diagnosis case.
Very significant six-figure recovery — A young adolescent from Beaver County had a condition known as precocious puberty, which causes the early onset of puberty changes such abnormal growth and the development of pubic hair. Ironically, the growth eventually becomes stunted, and the person ends up shorter than they otherwise would have been. Emotional problems are common with the early onset of puberty. When this young girl's body started to change abnormally, her pediatrician should have discovered this condition with blood tests at a time that medication could have been given to stop the abnormally early onset of puberty. Unfortunately, that did not occur. We obtained a very significant six-figure recovery on behalf of this girl.
High six-figure verdict — A husband and father from Beaver County underwent surgery on his back at a local medical center. Following the surgery, a collection of blood started to form around his spinal cord (the medical term is epidural hematoma), but his doctor did not notice it until it was too late. Because the hematoma was not drained, it continued to press on the spinal cord until it caused the patient to have a permanent foot drop and also affected his bowel and bladder function. The attorneys of Gismondi & Associates filed a medical malpractice claim on this man's behalf, and the jury returned a very high six-figure award.
Six-figure recovery — A young toddler from Somerset, Pennsylvania, fell from a horse and suffered a leg fracture. When she was taken to the hospital, the doctors failed to notice that she was developing severe swelling inside the leg near the fracture, a condition known as compartment syndrome. If the pressure from the swelling inside the leg is not relieved, the patient can suffer permanent muscle and nerve damage in the lower leg. Unfortunately, because the doctors did not pay attention to the swelling, that is exactly what happened to this young girl. We filed a medical malpractice action against the orthopedic surgeon and the hospital and were able to obtain a recovery well into six figures on behalf of this young child.
Significant six-figure award — A 75-year-old woman from Allegheny County died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a bowel obstruction at a Pittsburgh hospital. The bowel obstruction developed over the course of one week while the patient was in the hospital, but no action was taken to relieve the obstruction. The bowel eventually ruptured and the patient died. A significant six-figure award was obtained on behalf of her surviving husband.
Large six-figure recovery — A 72-year-old woman from Pittsburgh died in a Pittsburgh hospital due to a delay in diagnosing a pulmonary embolus. If the clot had been discovered sooner, it could have been dissolved before it traveled to the lung and led to the patient's death. We obtained a large six-figure recovery on behalf of this women's adult children.
Significant six-figure recovery — A middle-aged woman from Pittsburgh suffered a two-year delay in diagnosing a cancerous brain tumor. As a result of the delay, she had to undergo much more aggressive surgery, and her life expectancy may be shortened. We obtained a significant six-figure recovery on her behalf.
Significant six-figure recovery — An elderly woman from Coraopolis died as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating pneumonia. We obtained a significant six-figure recovery on behalf of her family.
High six-figure settlement - A neurologically disabled woman in her 30s died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a blockage in a brain shunt. Please click here to read the complete case summary.
Verdict of $600,000 — A woman from Johnstown, Cambria County, suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a ruptured disk pressing on the spinal cord causing a condition known as cauda equina syndrome. The surgeon who was attending to her in the hospital did not discover the spinal cord compression until it was too late. This woman suffered permanent impairment of her bowel and bladder function and also nerve damage to her leg. A jury in Cambria County returned a verdict of $600,000 which, at the time, was the largest verdict ever in that county.
Significant six-figure recovery — A middle-aged man from Somerset County had a mole removed from his back but, rather than having the mole tested, the doctor threw the tissue in the wastebasket! Two years later, this man was found to have a malignant melanoma at that same site. Unfortunately, because of the delay in discovering the melanoma, this man had a shortened life expectancy. The attorneys of Gismondi & Associates filed a medical malpractice claim on his behalf. Although he was still living at the time of the legal claim, we were able to obtain a significant six-figure recovery on his behalf.
Significant six-figure recovery — A middle-aged man from Pittsburgh suffered a heart attack a few months after visiting his doctor and being given a "clean bill of health." It turns out that the doctor failed to discover that this man had an abnormal EKG with evidence of blocked coronary arteries. (The medical term is "coronary atherosclerosis") If the blocked arteries had been discovered, this gentleman would have had bypass surgery or a simple stent placed, either of which would have prevented the heart attack. Although he survived, he lost a lot of energy as a result of the heart attack. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the cardiologist who misread the EKG, and our attorneys obtained a significant six-figure recovery on this man's behalf.
Significant six-figure recovery — An elderly man from Pennsylvania went into a Harrisburg Hospital to have his lung removed. The surgery went well. However, after surgery he started to develop pneumonia, but his doctors did not realize that and sent him home without checking on his condition before he was discharged. Unfortunately, the pneumonia progressed while he was at home and he died shortly after discharge. The attorneys at Gismondi & Associates filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim against the physician who discharged this gentleman too early, and we received a significant six-figure recovery for his widow.
Significant six-figure recovery — An elderly woman from Greensburg went to the ER and was found to have a very low blood count, a condition known as anemia. She was sent to her family doctor to investigate the anemia. However, the family doctor never took her blood pressure or did any investigation to see what could be causing the low blood count. It turned out the woman had intestinal bleeding, but that was never detected until it was too late, and the woman died from excessive bleeding. We filed a medical malpractice claim and wrongful death claim against the physician on the ground that he would have discovered the internal bleeding ulcer if he would have taken the patient's blood pressure and done a little more investigation into the patient's low blood count. A significant six-figure recovery was obtained for this woman's husband.
Significant six=figure award — A retired man from Erie died from excessive bleeding around the heart following heart valve replacement surgery. The collection of blood around the heart is referred to as a pericardial effusion, which, if not drained soon enough, will apply pressure on the outside of the heart and eventually stop it from beating. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon at an Erie Hospital on the ground that poor surgical technique caused the bleeding, and, furthermore, that the doctor did not discover and treat the bleeding soon enough. We obtained a significant six-figure award on behalf of his widow.
Six-figure recovery — A middle-aged woman from Bedford County developed tuberculosis peritonitis because a doctor failed to properly interpret a possible tuberculosis skin test. As a result of the error, the tuberculosis spread to her abdomen and required the woman to undergo a hysterectomy. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the physician on the ground that treatment could have been provided for the tuberculosis before it spread to the abdomen if the skin test had been properly interpreted. We obtained a six-figure recovery on her behalf.
Significant six-figure award — An elderly woman from Pittsburgh's North Hills suffered an injury to her ureter while undergoing a cystoscopy for treatment of a kidney stone. The injury to the ureter led to a very prolonged hospitalization and three additional surgeries. With the help of an independent urology expert, we filed a medical malpractice claim and were able to establish that the additional surgeries and the lengthy hospital stay could have been avoided if the surgeon had discovered and treated the original injury to the ureter much earlier on. We obtained a significant six-figure award on her behalf.
Significant six-figure recovery — An elderly woman from Johnstown, Cambria County, died as a result of a delay in taking her to surgery to treat gangrene in her colon. We filed a claim against the surgeon on the ground that he should have operated on the patient sooner. A significant six-figure recovery was obtained on behalf of this woman's husband.
Six-figure recovery — An elderly woman from Waynesburg, Greene County, died as a result of a delay in taking her to surgery as a result of a ruptured colon. The hospital initially argued that her stomach problems were not severe enough to warrant surgery, but we eventually made a recovery well into six figures on behalf of this woman's surviving children.