In 2012, Feldman Shepherd attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina secured a $78.5 million verdict for a three-year-old child from Pottstown, Pennsylvania who suffers from severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during birth. The obstetrician in this case performed a bedside ultrasound with antiquated and improperly maintained technology, which led him to conclude that the baby had died in the womb. After insisting that the baby had come “back to life,” he hurriedly performed an emergency cesarean section delivery that he should have performed over eighty minutes earlier. This fateful delay resulted in massive brain damage in the infant. The multi-million-dollar award includes payments for the child’s future medical care, lost earnings, and pain and suffering for both the child and its mother.
In another case, Feldman Shepherd attorney Mark W. Tanner represented a forty-two-year-old New Jersey man who was born with spondylolisthesis, a spinal condition which can cause chronic back and leg pain. He decided to undergo a lumbar spinal fusion procedure, which his doctor explained would allow him to return to work without pain. However, the surgeon utilized improper spinal implants, and ultimately rendered his spine unstable, making this patient’s situation considerably worse than before surgery, and resulting in a need for two additional spinal surgeries in an effort to repair the damage. At trial, a jury decided that the original procedure was both unnecessary and improperly performed, and after a three-hour deliberation, the jury returned a $22.4 million verdict for our client and his wife.
Our attorneys also handle dental malpractice cases. Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia Giordano represented a thirty-eight-year-old father of two who suffered an abscessed tooth. He went to an oral surgeon who, instead of ordering a CT scan and admitting him to the hospital, told him to return later for extraction. He later went to the emergency room complaining of pain, fever, chills, swelling, and an inability to open his mouth fully. Again, his care providers failed to admit him and perform CT scans. The next day, our client was not breathing and non-responsive, and by the time he was resuscitated his brain had suffered severe oxygen depravation. After two years of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and nursing home care, he now suffers from permanent limb weakness, is largely confined to a wheelchair, and has difficulty speaking. Shepherd and her associates secured a $4.5 million verdict, which will help to cover medical costs associated with his injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who will evaluate your case with you to ensure that your legal rights are fully assessed and protected.
The experienced attorneys at Feldman Shepherd are skilled in medical malpractice litigation and our top priority is working toward the best interests of our clients. We explain what you can expect at every step of your malpractice case, and each member of our team will have a detailed and intimate understanding of the issues you’re facing. We can help you secure all of the compensation to which you may be entitled, including compensation for your pain and suffering, financial losses, emotional distress, and medical expenses. In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages for another party’s wrongdoing.
Healthcare professionals and facilities have a standard of care which they must follow when treating patients. If the healthcare professional or facility does not adhere to that standard, and you are injured as a result, then you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. We represent the injured person or the family of the injured person and work with the hospital system and medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are.
In this complex field, medical expertise is as important as an understanding of the unique legal principles applicable to malpractice claims. Doctors and hospitals can and do make medical and medication errors. The lawyers of Feldman Shepherd have distinguished themselves in litigation involving the following areas:
- Anesthesia errors
- ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Birth trauma and birth injuries, including birth hypoxia, brain-damaged infants, kernicterus, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy
- Dental errors
- Diagnosis delay, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- Doctor and hospital mistakes and infections
- Emergency room negligence
- Obstetrical and gynecological malpractice
- Orthopedic malpractice
- Plastic Surgery
- Surgical mistakes, wrong-site surgery, and other negligence
At Feldman Shepherd, we perform all necessary legal and medical research, and often consult with highly regarded and nationally prominent experts in a number of specialties, with the firm advancing all litigation costs. In the rare circumstance in which we cannot recover funds, we will never charge you a fee. While each case varies according to unique facts and circumstances, our mission remains the same: to obtain the best possible recovery as expeditiously as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice, contact us today.