A jury in Philadelphia awarded more than $4.5 million to an up-and-coming Latino guitarist who lost portions of two fingers and his professional musical career as a result of medical malpractice.
Ross Feller Casey attorney Joshua Van Naarden convinced the jury during the trial that doctors at Temple University Hospital’s Burn Unit in 2011 incorrectly treated a chemical burn on Antonio Crespo’s hand. As a result, Crespo, now 44, lost portions of two fingers and can no longer professionally play the 10-string cuantro guitar for which he was known.
The jury reached the verdict Feb. 12 and awarded Crespo, who had played with Latino salsa star Charlie Cruz, a total of $4.53 million for non-economic damages, lost wages and future medical bills. They also awarded Crespo’s friend and plaintiff Edward Torralvo $500,000 for nerve damage he sustained from negligent medical treatment to similar chemical burns.
The Legal Intelligencer newspaper ran a front-page article on the verdict today.