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Multimillion-dollar recovery — A husband and father from western Pennsylvania was undergoing a kidney transplant at a Pittsburgh hospital with an organ donated by his wife. During his surgery, the anesthesia team provided the patient with far too much fluid and slowly, over time this "fluid overload" caused the patient's lungs to stop working. As a result, he died in the operating room from pulmonary edema and excessive fluid in the lungs. We filed a medical malpractice claim and wrongful death claim against the anesthesia team at the hospital and obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery on behalf of this man's widow and children. 

Multimillion-dollar recovery for the family of an Armstrong County man who died at a UPMC hospital after a "successful" kidney transplant surgery. Although the transplant went well, the patient's anesthesia and fluid intake was not properly controlled during the surgery and, as a result, his lungs were overcome with fluid, and he suffered a respiratory arrest. Click here to read the full case summary.

Multimillion-dollar recovery — A young married woman from Pittsburgh was in the recovery room of a Pittsburgh hospital after undergoing a minor surgery. The nurses who were responsible for watching her failed to notice that she was not coming out of anesthesia and her breathing rate was becoming slower and slower until the point that she suffered a respiratory arrest with resulting severe brain damage. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the hospital and obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery on behalf of this woman's husband.

Multimillion-dollar recovery — A 51-year-old woman who lived in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and was married to a local doctor underwent gastric bypass surgery. After being discharged to her home, she return to the hospital a few days later because of a bowel obstruction. While undergoing surgery to treat the bowel obstruction, the anesthesiologist did not properly insert the breathing tube (called an endotracheal tube), and the patient ended up with aspiration pneumonia and died several days later. She left two sons under the age of 10. We filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim and obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery against the hospital and the anesthesiologist.

Settlement in excess of a million dollars — 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 surgery, 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.

Significant six-figure recovery — A disabled coal miner from Fayette County went to a Pittsburgh hospital to have rotator cuff surgery. During the surgery, problems developed with his breathing and he ended up dying. We filed a claim against the hospital and the anesthesiologist on the grounds that the man was known to have prior breathing problems, and that he never should have been taken to surgery unless additional precautions were taken. Without those protections, his breathing status was not strong enough to withstand surgery. The attorneys of Gismondi & Associates filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim, and we obtained a significant six-figure recovery on behalf of his wife.

Significant six-figure verdict — A legal secretary from Pittsburgh was undergoing a minor procedure on her nose at a local Pittsburgh hospital. Shortly after the procedure, she had a cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she did not suffer any permanent heart damage, but she was off work for a matter of months. Our attorneys filed a medical malpractice action against the anesthesia team on the ground that they removed her breathing tube too quickly and that led to the cardiac arrest. The Gismondi & Associates attorneys filed a medical malpractice claim, and the jury returned a significant six-figure verdict on this woman's behalf.

Significant six-figure award — A 71-year-old retired coal miner from Uniontown died while undergoing hernia surgery at the hospital due to problems with his breathing. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon and anesthesiologist on the ground that they should have been aware that this man had breathing problems, including black lung disease, prior to going into surgery, and, therefore, they should have treated his breathing more carefully during the surgery. We obtained a significant six-figure award on behalf of his widow.

Large six-figure recovery — A young man from McKeesport was undergoing laparoscopic knee surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital. When he woke up from the surgery, part of his right hand was paralyzed. We filed a claim arguing that the anesthesia staff had not properly positioned the man's arm and hand during the surgery and, as a result, permanent nerve damage was done to the hand. We filed a medical malpractice claim and obtained a large six-figure recovery.


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