Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Failure to Follow Up Case

Philadelphia, PA personal injury lawyer Eric H. Weitz talks about a memorable case in which he got a substantial settlement for his client.

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Another case where we were able to find out more of a systemic harm didn’t involve the hospital; it actually involved an outpatient. Our client had gone in for a simple knee replacement surgery. And because of the way reimbursements work and other issues in healthcare, often times the follow-up that patients have after surgery is not necessarily with the surgeon.

This was a case where our client went back in had a follow-up with someone who was in not a physician, and who was not completely aware of the different signs and symptoms of an infection. And because, in that large practice they were unable to identify a number of things, including more subtle evidence of postoperative infection, as well as a mechanism to communicate that clearly back to the surgeon, an infection was allowed to not only be present but to grow such that our client ultimately lost his leg.

That was another case where they defended their conduct vociferously, and strongly. After a two-week trial we were able to prove our case and a verdict in New Jersey was entered in favor of our client for a very substantial amount to make up for his harms and losses.

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