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Significant multimillion-dollar award — A 44-year-old man from Baldwin, Allegheny County, was riding his motorcycle on a beautiful clear day. While stopped at a red light, a coal truck struck him from behind and caused his bike to burst into flames. The motorcycle driver suffered serious burns to his buttocks and lower legs. One of his legs was burned so bad that it had to be amputated. He spent more than a year getting burn treatment at a local hospital. We obtained a very significant multimillion-dollar award for this very seriously injured man.

Multimillion-dollar award — A five-month-old baby was undergoing liver surgery at a hospital in Pittsburgh when a "grounding pad" was placed on the baby's thigh to be used in conjunction with an electric scalpel. However, the nurses placed the grounding pad incorrectly and did not observe it properly during the surgery. As a result, the baby suffered a third-degree burn on her thigh and three days later had her leg amputated at the hip. A claim was filed against the hospital and also against the company that manufactured the grounding pad because they knew that the pad had caused burns in the past and did not adequately warn people how to safely use it. We obtained a multimillion-dollar award for this child.

Multimillion-dollar recovery — A young woman from Pittsburgh suffered serious leg injuries, which led to an amputation as the result of a car accident that happened on Interstate 79 near Washington, Pennsylvania. The accident happened because the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel. Although this woman was able to resume working, her lifestyle was dramatically changed as a result of the amputation. We obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery on her behalf.

Substantial six-figure settlement — A young father from Allegheny County went into a Pittsburgh hospital with a serious leg fracture. The doctors in the emergency room did not realize that the fracture site was open and likely contaminated, therefore they did not give the proper antibiotics. He eventually had an amputation at the ankle after previously undergoing several surgeries trying to salvage the foot. A substantial, six-figure settlement was obtained for him as a result of a lawsuit filed against the hospital.

Large six-figure settlement — An elderly man from Waynesburg, Greene County, was seriously injured in a car accident when a pizza delivery driver who was moving too fast crossed the center line and slammed into his vehicle. His most serious injury was to his lower leg, and he eventually had to have it amputated below the knee. We filed a claim against the pizza shop on the ground that the driver had a known history of traffic violations and that they should have monitored him more closely. We obtained a large six-figure recovery on behalf of this man.

Significant six-figure recovery — An elderly man from Altoona had to have his leg amputated because of uncontrolled diabetes. We filed a claim against his primary care physician who was not watching his blood sugars closely enough and should have had the diabetes under better control. We obtained a significant six-figure recovery on his behalf.

Significant award — A long-time postal worker from DuBois, Jefferson County, went to the emergency room with excruciating pain in his right leg. The ER doctor felt that it was a blood clot in his leg because it was turning blue from lack of blood supply. He urgently paged a surgeon, but the surgeon waited several hours to respond. In the meantime, the victim's leg suffered gangrene from lack of blood supply and it had to be amputated. We obtained a significant award to compensate him for living the rest of his life as an amputee.

Large six-figure award — A 52-year-old woman from Altoona suffered a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) as a result of an injury to her common iliac vein, which occurred while she was undergoing surgery for an anterior spine fusion. As a result of the DVT, blood supply to the lower leg was disrupted and ultimately led to the amputation of the leg below the knee. We filed a delayed diagnosis of cancer against the surgeon on the grounds that he caused injury to the common iliac vein; that he did not repair that injury properly; and that he did not take appropriate measures to dissolve the DVT before it was too late. We obtained a high six-figure award on behalf of this woman.

Significant six-figure recovery — 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 of the delayed diagnosis of cancer, 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.


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