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$47 million verdict is Pennsylvania medical malpractice record


When a Pennsylvania patient puts their trust in the skills of medical professional, particularly if it is a family who is relying on the professional to care for their child, they expect the utmost care and professionalism. Because of these expectations, a medical professional's failure can be devastating - particularly because their acts or omissions can have lifelong consequences. In what appears to be a record verdict in a federal medical malpractice case, a Pennsylvania jury let their sentiments be known in case involving an infant.


In the case, an experienced neonatal doctor wrapped a newborn child's swollen head in a bandage shortly after she was born. The result was a breakdown of the tissue on the child's scalp. Consequently, her sensitive scalp was scarred, and the child was left partially bald. Now five years old, the chid has undergone years of treatment in an attempt to treat her skin and improve the appearance of her scalp.

In a short, three-day trial, jurors heard testimony regarding the treatments and procedures the child must endure to treat the injuries. The treatment is ongoing, and the child may have to continue with additional treatments for the foreseeable future. After seeing the evidence and hearing the testimony, the jury determined that the injury resulted in $47 million in damages to the child.

When someone has been injured by the negligent or intentional acts of a medical professional, they may be entitled to compensation. They should have their case evaluated by an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A seasoned lawyer, like those at The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller, can examine the facts, investigate the circumstances, and advise on the best course of action.

Source: New Castle News, "Jury awards $47 million to family of baby in medical malpractice trial," David Hurst, Mar. 22, 2018

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