Award in excess of a million dollars — A 54-year-old nurse from Uniontown, Fayette County, experienced a two-year delay in diagnosing lung cancer because a radiologist at a hospital in Connellsville, Fayette County, "missed" an obvious spot on her lung that should have been seen on a CT scan. Because of the delay, what started out as a small tumor that could have been successfully treated turned into something that could not be cured. The patient endured months and months of very agonizing chemotherapy but eventually lost her battle with cancer. We proved that the radiologist should have seen the cancer. We proved that the radiologist should have seen the cancer in the beginning, and we were able to obtain an award in excess of a million dollars for the nurse's two adult daughters.
Award in excess of a million dollars — A single mother from Allegheny developed cervical cancer, which should have been discovered at least a few years earlier if a pap smear test had been read correctly. Because of the delay in diagnosing her cervical cancer, this woman eventually died. We obtained an award in excess of a million dollars for this woman's young child.
Significant award of approximately $1 million — A retired man from Erie had a routine chest X-ray done before entering the hospital for surgery on his leg. The chest X-ray showed suspicious signs that he might have lung cancer, but his doctor never read the report of the X-ray results and, as a result, the man was never referred for further investigation of the nodule in his lung. Another two years passed by before anyone investigated the nodule. It was found to be cancerous, but by that time, it was too late for successful treatment, and the man died approximately one year later. We filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim and obtained a significant award of approximately $1 million on behalf of this man's widow.
A young woman from the South Hills who was married with two small children made complaints about rectal bleeding, which were ignored by her OB/GYN for more than a year. It turned out that she had colon and rectal cancer. Fortunately, the woman is still alive today, but the delay in diagnosing her cancer has increased the chances that she will never live to a normal life expectancy. A substantial award was obtained for the woman and her family.
Significant recovery well into six figures — A young man from Erie had an abnormal growth in the bone of his lower leg. The growth was removed, but the pathologist who looked at the tissue under a microscope failed to identify that the growth was cancerous. As a result, no treatment was given for almost two years. By that time, the cancer had spread and the man ended up with a below-the-knee amputation. We obtained a significant recovery well into six figures on behalf of this man. Fortunately, he was able to continue performing his job.
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 — 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.