A jury in the state of Washington has ordered a doctor to pay more than $800,000 to a woman in a case of medical misdiagnosis that led to a foot amputation.
Dr. Nathan Stime, a now-retired physician, had diagnosed Darlene Turner with terminal cancer in 2004. But the woman actually was suffering from pneumonia. The condition caused her to lapse into a coma, which later resulted in the amputation of her left foot.
Turner's medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that Stime was negligent for not conducting an appropriate physical prior to his cancer misdiagnosis.
The Spokane jury agreed, awarding her $813,000 for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as the loss of a consortium.
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Ross Feller Casey, LLP have extensive experience litigating amputation cases and cancer misdiagnosis cases. Some of the noteworthy cases include:
• $51 million verdict in Philadelphia against SEPTA for a boy whose foot was torn off in an escalator.
• $23.1 million verdict for a woman who lost both her legs as a result of medical negligence.
• $20.8 million verdict in Philadelphia for a podiatrist who had to have her foot amputated because of misdiagnosis of a bloodstream infection.
• $8 million Pennsylvania recovery for an amputation injury in a factory accident.
• $5.5 million recovery for a woman as a result of the failure to diagnose cervical cancer.
• $5 million recovery for a woman as a result of the failure to diagnose breast cancer.
• $4.4 million recovery for a woman as a result of the failure to diagnose lung cancer.
• $4 million recovery for a man who suffered an amputation as a result of a workplace accident.