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Medical malpractice suit settles just as trial was about to begin

The image of a lawsuit settling "on the courthouse steps" generally connotes a last-minute agreement by the parties to resolve their dispute without a trial. A real life example of this phenomenon occurred a few days ago in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Berks County court.

Jurors were waiting in the jury room to be called for the voir dire examination when the judge's face appears on a big-screen closed-circuit television. The judge told the jurors that the case had been settled and that the trial they expected to hear would not go forward.

The case involved a member of Foghat, a local blues rock band. In 2012, he fell in his home and was taken to the Reading Hospital. He was subjected to a physical examination and several types of medical scans. The doctors told him that he was okay and that he could go home. Three years later, another doctor was reviewing the scans when he noticed a pea-sized mass on one of the man's lungs. The mass turned out to be malignant, and it had grown to the size of a baseball and spread to his brain. The musician sued the hospital and the attending physicians for medical malpractice for their failure to detect the tumor. The settlement in this case, as in most such cases, is confidential, and neither lawyers for the plaintiff nor the defendants were willing to discuss its terms.

Anyone who has suffered injury or lost a loved one because a doctor failed to detect or diagnose a serious medical condition may wish to seek advice from one of the knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers at the Leisawitz Heller Law Firm in Reading. An experienced attorney can help evaluate the case and provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Reading Eagle, "Craig MacGregor, Reading Hospital settle medical malpractice suit," Dan Kelly, June 13, 2017

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