Ross Feller Casey this week won a major, $5.8 million verdict in a tragic case of medical malpractice that caused the death of a 48-year-old Philadelphia woman.
The case involved Lucretia Burgess, who died of uterine cancer in September 2015.
Among other things, the lawsuit alleged that the Einstein Healthcare Network and its doctors failed to recommend that Burgess, who had an extensive history of symptomatic fibroids, undergo a hysterectomy. Because she never had such a procedure, cancer developed in her uterus and “progressed into both her lungs and spine, causing significant difficulty in breathing and ambulation, leading to multiple hospitalizations for pain, respiratory difficulty, and air hunger before her death,” according to the lawsuit.
During the four-day trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Ross Feller Casey attorneys convinced the jury that Burgess would still be alive today if not for medical malpractice.
“We are extremely pleased the jury properly evaluated the evidence and concluded that Ms. Burgess’ death was unnecessary and preventable,” Colleran told The Legal Intelligencer newspaper, which ran a front-page story on the verdict. “Not only did the jury show a clear understanding of the manner in which defendants failed to render appropriate medical care, its verdict also made clear that it understood the degree to which Ms. Burgess suffered for the remainder of her life following her diagnosis.
“Although Ms. Burgess tragically cannot be brought back, the jury’s verdict will help assure that this type of error is avoided in the future.”
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