On the second day of the medical malpractice / wrongful death trial of the late Dr. Jennifer Sidari, two medical professionals who treated the 26-year-old testified that critical head imaging scans took more than two hours to perform.
The delay came despite the belief by the doctor in charge of Sidari’s care that she might be having a stroke.
“This is the patient you’re thinking could be having a stroke,” plaintiff’s attorney Matt Casey said, questioning Dr. Jessica Zingaretti on the stand. “If you wanted to check into what’s going on with the delay, you could just pick up a phone and call.”
Casey, a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey in Philadelphia, is representing Jennifer Sidari’s parents, Peter and Patricia. The couple alleges, among other things, that their daughter died of a clot in her brain that doctors at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center failed to diagnose because imagining tests weren’t performed early enough.
Just days before her death, Jennifer Sidari had graduated at the top of her class at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton and was preparing to start a promising medical career at Geisinger Health System, which her parents now blames for her death.
The trial in Luzerne County, which is expected to last several weeks, has generated widespread press coverage throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
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