Doctors have a moral and legal responsibility to their patients to provide the appropriate care and treatment, as well as all available options to ensure that their health is improved.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
A medical malpractice case which was filed in the New York Supreme Court (reference number 110504/2009) by Lori Mandel, an office manager in her 50’s, ended in a verdict awarding Ms. Mandel $8.6 million. Ms. Mandel sought the medical expertise of an otolaryngologist whose alleged misdiagnosis led to further complications that affected the quality of her life and her ability to perform her work.
The plaintiff alleged that her doctor rendered conservative treatment for 2 years, focusing on merely relieving the effects of her condition. According to court documents, she had been complaining about long standing symptoms such as headaches and vertigo, which her physician diagnosed to be a result of otosclerosis: abnormal growth of bone in the middle region of an ear. Another doctor consequently diagnosed Ms. Mandel to have an infection of the pituitary gland which was caused by her chronic sinusitis, an inflammation caused by an infection of the sinus.
The plaintiff alleged that the infection was a chronic condition that the previous physician ignored. According to allegations in the lawsuit, although the doctor knew the patient was suffering from chronic sinusitis, he never considered this to be the cause of Ms. Mandel’s headaches and vertigo. According to the plaintiff’s counsel, Atty. Howard G. Frederick, a partner at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., a prompt administration of antibiotics and a referral to a specialist may have resolved the patient’s infection.
This alleged medical oversight has adversely affected the health condition of the plaintiff, whose chronic sinusitis, according to court documents, eventually advanced to an infection to her pituitary gland that Ms. Mandel claimed to have caused diabetes insipidus, impairing the functionality of her kidneys. This necessitated a lifelong administration of a certain hormone to control the condition. In addition, the plaintiff subsequently experienced a seizure, falling and sustaining further injuries as well as undergoing medication to prevent further seizures from occurring. According to the lawsuit, aside from the emotional trauma that all the succeeding ailments have brought upon the plaintiff, Ms. Mandel complained of intense pain due to her herniated disc which may require surgery.
The New York Supreme Court concluded this case on May 31st 2012 in favor of the plaintiff and the jury found the defendant negligent and noncompliant with accepted medical care standards. Total damages awarded to Ms. Mandel amounted to $8.6 million, in consideration of past and future medical costs, as well as the pain and suffering that she has incurred as a result of the negligence and medical malpractice of her physician.
Having an accomplished personal injury lawyer such as Atty. Howard G. Frederick who has attained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on cases against insurance companies and defense lawyers has greatly helped Ms. Mandel obtain the compensation that she deserved given all the emotional, psychological, and physical pain that she has been suffering. New York Law Journal’s Top New York Verdicts for 2012 lists this case as #1 case in the Medical Malpractice category, evidence that Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick is a law firm that victims of medical malpractice can depend on to provide them with reliable and efficient legal support throughout the process of pursuing compensation for pain and suffering.
Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick is a team of highly dedicated professional personal injury attorneys that take pride in possessing more than 80 years of cumulative experience prosecuting personal injury lawsuits. This New York personal injury law firm is firmly committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to seriously injured victims and their families.