Ross Feller Casey won a major, $5.1 million medical malpractice verdict in Mercer County involving the wrongful death of a 57-year-old man from New Castle, Pennsylvania.
At $5,093,790, the verdict is among the highest ever for Mercer County, according to The Sharon Herald newspaper. Read the story below:
The lawsuit alleged, among other things, that the orthopedic surgeon, Robert W. Piston, M.D., of Hermitage, didn’t review the latest x-rays before performing total hip replacement surgery on Thomas A. Natale, Jr. in 2007. The x-ray report indicated that Natale had developed a high fever and was suffering from shortness of breath and pain and should never had been operated on.
He died a month later of pulmonary failure complicating adult respiratory distress syndrome.
The Legal Intelligencer reported that a pivotal factor at the two-week trial was a dispute between Piston and a treating nurse regarding whether the doctor should have been aware of Natale’s deteriorating condition before he underwent surgery. Read the story below:
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