Medical Malpractice Settlements
Medical errors, late diagnosis, misdiagnosis and other forms of medical malpractice are handled with care and sensitivity by the Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm.
Medical Error Causes Blindness: $2.2 Million Settlement
Repeated failures to properly diagnose severe headaches resulted in young woman becoming legally blind. The woman, a teaching aide, was in and out of three emergency rooms in October of 1998, before she was properly evaluated by a neurologist and referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist. She first went to Westchester Medical Center and later to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. By the time he identified that pressure on her optical nerve was the cause of her headaches, the damage was irreversible. She was left with no central vision, sees only shadows, no colors, and must use a white cane. The case against Westchester Medical was resolved for $1.75 million and with her primary care group for an additional $500,000.
Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis: $750,000
A 45-year-old woman had a sonogram that indicated a suspicious mass in her breast. The doctor failed to inform her of the mass. As a result, this cancer was not discovered until 6 months later. She suffered significant complications that would not have occurred if the cancer had been diagnosed earlier. Our law firm obtained a satisfactory settlement from her gynecologist because of his failure to properly diagnose her with breast cancer.