Multimillion-dollar recovery — A 65-year-old Pittsburgh-area man was in a Pittsburgh hospital after suffering a cervical (neck) fracture in an automobile accident. When he entered the hospital, he had full function of his arms and legs. However, the fracture was not properly stabilized, and the man was permitted to get out of bed with the broken neck. As a result, some of the fractured bone "moved" and hit the spinal cord. The gentleman became a paraplegic. We obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery on behalf of this man.
Large seven-figure award — A young man who was a pedestrian in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh was struck by an SUV and suffered several spinal fractures. When the neurosurgeon operated on this young gentleman, however, he caused injury to the spinal cord and the man was left with a dropped foot and other disabilities. We obtained a large seven-figure award for the man, which enabled him to pay for college and have financial stability for the rest of his life.
Large seven-figure recovery — A Pittsburgh man from Brighton Heights was a passenger in a car driven by a drunk friend as they left Three Rivers Stadium after a Pirate baseball game. The drunk driver crashed the car and caused his passenger to be rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a severe brain injury. We filed a claim against the concession company at Three Rivers Stadium that sold the alcohol to the patron at the baseball game who was intoxicated. The company argued that there was no way for the people at the concession stand to know that the patron was intoxicated, but we eventually obtained a large seven-figure recovery on behalf of this gentleman.
Settlement in excess of $1 million — A teenage girl from Pittsburgh with scoliosis underwent surgery to correct her spine. During the surgery, some misplaced surgical screws caused injury to the spinal cord, which led to a significant drop in the patient's blood pressure during the operation. In addition to the surgical error, the problem was compounded because the anesthesia team monitoring the patient failed to adequately react to correct the abnormal blood pressure. Sadly, this young college student died a few hours after surgery. Wrongful death and medical malpractice claims were filed by her parents against the orthopedic surgeon and the anesthesia team involved in the case, and a settlement in excess of $1 million was obtained.
Large seven-figure recovery — A young woman from Johnstown suffered cauda equina syndrome, a compression on her spinal cord caused by a ruptured disk, which left her with impaired bowel and bladder function and a dropped foot. This condition occurred while the patient was in the hospital with back pain, and we filed a medical malpractice claim against the hospital and the doctors claiming that they did not move quickly enough to take her to surgery to relieve the pressure on her spinal cord. A large seven-figure recovery was obtained in her favor.
A young, single man from Allegheny County was tragically injured when he dove into a backyard swimming pool and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. We filed a claim against the company that manufactured and sold the pool on the ground that their advertising had enticed people to dive head-first into pools when they knew it was unsafe and also because the pool was not sold with appropriate signs warning against head-first diving. A significant recovery was obtained for this man to provide for lifetime needs that he would have.
Recovery well in excess of a million dollars — A retiree from Shaler went into the ER at a North Hills hospital after falling at home and hitting his head. An X-ray and CT scan was taken of his neck in the emergency room, and he was told everything was fine and sent home. Within a few hours of leaving the hospital, he was a paraplegic. The doctors in the ER had failed to see that he had an unstable fracture of his cervical spine, and by permitting him to walk out of the hospital, the fracture shifted and caused a permanent spinal cord injury. His wife had to quit her job, and she now takes care of her husband at home on a full-time basis as he is wheelchair-bound. We obtained a recovery well in excess of a million dollars for our client and his wife.
Large six-figure award — A young girl from Uniontown, Fayette County, went into the emergency room with complaints of back pain that should have alerted the doctors to the possibility that she had a disk compressing on her spinal cord injury. They ignored those warning signs for several days and by the time they finally discovered the problem, the young lady had suffered permanent damage to her bowel and bladder function. We obtained a large six-figure award on her behalf.
Significant six-figure recovery — A young woman from Pittsburgh suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of being thrown from a horse. We filed a claim against the owner of the horse on the ground that riders should have been required to wear helmets and also because the horse was not properly supervised. A significant six-figure recovery, the maximum available insurance, was obtained on her behalf.
Very significant six-figure recovery — An elderly woman from Aliquippa, Beaver County, was undergoing surgery on her back. After the surgery, she developed a collection of blood around the spinal cord known as an epidural hematoma. Unfortunately, the doctors did not discover the presence of that hematoma soon enough and, as a result, her lower legs became paralyzed. We obtained a very significant six-figure recovery on behalf of this woman.
Largest verdict in Cambria County — 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 for a Blair County man who suffered spinal cord damage when his doctors failed to discover an unstable cervical fracture and unwisely permitted him to be up and out of bed walking around. The walking caused the fracture to shift and cause bruising of the spinal cord. Click here to read the full case summary.
Very high six-figure award — A husband and father from Beaver County underwent surgery on his back a hospital in Beaver. 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 a jury returned a very high six-figure award.