Sunday, 16 of December of 2018

Misdiagnosis, Failure to Treat Heart Attack Results in $126M Medical Malpractice Award

Evidence presented during trial convinced jurors that three doctors at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, NY, missed obvious signs of cardiac arrest.

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Mistakes Victims’ Attorney

A woman in Oneonta, New York (NY), who went more than day in a hospital without being accurately diagnosed or treated for the heart attack she was suffering has won a $126 million medical malpractice award from a civil trial jury. Evidence presented during trial convinced jurors that three doctors at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital missed obvious signs of cardiac arrest and failed to treat the woman with medications and surgical interventions that would minimize damage to her heart.

The woman is now unable to train horses as before and is dependent on a defibrillator. She will eventually need a heart transplant.

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The Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer’s Perspective

Doctors and hospitals cannot be held to a standard of perfection. But when they fail to detect or ignore signs and symptoms of a life-threatening health condition that they should have spotted, the people and institutions that made the diagnostic errors must be held accountable for a patient’s injuries or loss of life. My Virginia-based medical malpractice colleagues and I have represented many misdiagnosis victims, and each case highlighted how much patients depend on physicians getting a diagnosis correct and acting quickly to treat problems.

The hospital named as the defendant in the New York failure to diagnose lawsuit has promised to appeal the jury’s verdict. Considering how much the woman lost when doctors did not identify and work to resolve her heart attack, I hope the award is upheld by a higher court.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.