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Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer Gerard Bernhardt – Philadelphia – Case Results

Medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer Gerard Bernhardt has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Personal injury lawyer Gerard Bernhardt is a member Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is considered to be the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Below are verdicts and settlements that our personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia has obtained for his clients. If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, contact personal injury lawyer Gerard Bernhardt in Philadelphia today.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: BIRTH INJURY, CEREBRAL PALSY

$3.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Our client’s son was born with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia after the doctors attending his mother at birth failed to recognize the baby’s deteriorating condition during labor. At the critical period prior to the baby’s delivery, the mother was under the care of a first-year intern (medical student). The mother was not examined by an attending physician for over eight hours. When a doctor finally saw her an emergency caesarian section was ordered, but it was too late and the little boy was permanently brain damaged due to oxygen deprivation while in the mother’s womb. The hospital and its doctors settled the case several days before the trial was scheduled to begin.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: SURGICAL ERROR

$3.2 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Our 48-year-old client, a supervisor in a factory, suffered permanent brain damage and quadriparalysis when a neurosurgeon failed to diagnose post-operative bleeding in his head. Despite the fact that our client had failed to regain consciousness in the recovery room after surgery, his attending anesthesiologist and neurosurgeon took no action. As a result, he suffered a hemorrhage of the brain and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH AND BRAIN DAMAGE

$2.2 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

Our client, a woman in her late 20s, was scheduled to deliver twins at a suburban Philadelphia hospital. It was her first pregnancy. The delivery was on a holiday weekend and the hospital had only 1 Obstetrician attending in the hospital, and limited nursing staff in the Delivery Room and Obstetric Ward. A second twin delivery was also scheduled on the same day. The attending Obstetrician ignored the fetal distress test results, resulting in the death of one twin and mild permanent brain damage (Cerebral Palsy) in the surviving twin. The hospital and its Obstetrician settled the case a few weeks before trial. The settlement funds were shared among the mother, father, surviving twin and the Estate of the deceased twin.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$1.75 MILLION JURY VERDICT

Our clients lost their son who, due to the negligence of obstetric home care nurses, was stillborn. The death of the infant was due to the failure of the nurses to communicate properly with our client’s obstetrician regarding a high blood pressure problem that occurred at the end of our client’s pregnancy. The obstetrician was also sued. After an eight-day trial, the jury returned its verdict against the nurses only.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

$1.7 MILLION JURY VERDICT

A 36-year-old mother of four children reported to her OB/GYN that she had a lump in her breast. She told the OB/GYN about the lump repeatedly during routine gynecologic examinations over a period more than two years. Her doctor told her not to be concerned, and that it was probably a cyst. He ordered no diagnostic studies to rule out breast cancer. This resulted in a 26-month delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer. By the time the diagnosis was made, our client’s cancer was terminal. After a six-day trial, the jury entered its verdict against the OB/GYN.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$1.2 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Our client, a widowed mother of two daughters, lost her husband to a fatal heart attack at 36 years of age. The deceased husband, a metal restoration technician, had back surgery at age 35. Prior to the back surgery, he had an EKG test that was abnormal, but neither he nor his wife was told of the abnormal condition of his heart. After three days of trial, the case was settled for $1.2 million.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$1 MILLION JURY VERDICT

Our client, a widow of a 50-year-old milk delivery driver, lost her husband when his primary care physician failed to diagnose the early warning signs of a brain aneurysm. After a four-day trial, the jury found the doctor liable and awarded our client $1 million. With additional damages for delay under Pennsylvania law, our client recovered more than $1.275 million.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$1 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Our 78-year-old client was admitted to the hospital after suffering her second stroke. While hospitalized she was prescribed improper medication, which caused her death. Her adult children were paid $1 million by the hospital to settle the case.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: WRONGFUL DEATH

$950,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client was a single woman in her early 40s who dedicated her free time to finding and helping abandoned pets on the streets of Philadelphia. While driving a vehicle owned by an Animal Rescue facility, she was involved in a head-on collision. The collision occurred on a six lane, 60 MPH highway: the Schuylkill Expressway. The vehicle which struck our client’s vehicle was operated by a man who was intoxicated. His car jumped the medial strip after he lost control of his car. He also lost his life. The case settled after both parties agreed to binding to arbitration, so the arbitration hearing was avoided. The settlement funds were distributed to our client’s Estate, which provided that her mother and father receive the funds.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE:  DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

$800,000 JURY VERDICT

The family doctor of our client closed her medical practice. At each office visit, our client had a breast exam by this female general practitioner. Before the doctor closed her office, she had found a lump in our client’s breast. The doctor did no diagnostic studies to rule out breast cancer, nor did she bring the lump in our client’s breast to the attention of her successor (her husband, who was also a general practitioner). As a result, a delay of almost three years occurred in the diagnosis of our client’s breast cancer. After a five-day trial, the jury found both of the general practitioners liable for our client’s advanced breast cancer. They returned a verdict of $800,000.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH, DELAYED DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

$695,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client’s family lost their 43-year-old mother when a radiologist failed to detect breast cancer on an ultrasound study that was a follow-up to a suspicious mammogram. On the eve of trial, the radiologist and the radiology center paid $695,000 to settle the case. The radiologist’s negligence resulted in a seven and a half month delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer. By the time the diagnosis was made, the cancer had advanced to the terminal stage.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$425,000 SETTLEMENT

The 34-year-old husband of our client lost his life when he contracted pneumonia. He was suffering from end-stage kidney failure when he reported to the doctor’s office with a fever and other symptoms of an acute infection in his lungs (pneumonia). Because he had been on dialysis for several years, our client’s immune system was not functioning properly. The doctor sent him for a chest x-ray; the x-ray showed the pneumonia, but the patient was not told and was sent home after having the x-ray performed. He died from the infection less than 48 hours later. The hospital and the doctor paid $425,000 after the jury was selected to settle the case before the trial started.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: POST SURGICAL INFECTION

$375,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client, an unemployed disabled man in his early 50′s, had a knee replacement performed in a Philadelphia hospital. After the surgery he complained of well-known symptoms of a developing surgical infection. His complaints were ignored by the hospital and its staff, allowing the infection to grow unchecked and eventually enter his bloodstream. He developed a life-threatening condition known as Sepsis. The Sepsis nearly took his life, but he survived. The knee surgery had to be followed with a revision surgery; recovery from both surgeries, and the infection, kept him in the hospital for two months. The hospital settled the case shortly before trial. By then, our client was substantially recovered and walking with a cane.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: BIRTH INJURY – ERB’S PALSY

$350,000 SETTLEMENT

During delivery, our client’s daughter was permanently injured due to shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs during birth when, after the baby’s head is delivered, the shoulder(s) become stuck in the birth canal. In this case, the obstetrician applied too much pressure to the baby’s head once the shoulder(s) became trapped; as a result, nerves in the brachial plexus were permanently damaged, causing the little girl to be born with one arm permanently injured. She will undergo future surgery, which will improve, but not completely resolve, the dysfunction of her injured arm. The case settled on the eve of trial for $350,000.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH

$250,000 JURY VERDICT

A seven-month-old infant boy lost his life when his pediatricians failed to diagnose a large deposit of water in the baby’s head (hydrocephalus). At successive office visits, the pediatricians measured the expanding size of one side of the little boy’s head. Despite recording the abnormal increase in size in the baby’s chart, the pediatricians failed to diagnose the problem and told the parents that their son had a repeating ear infection. After a five-day trial, the jury entered its verdict against the pediatricians.

If you would like more information about these verdicts, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact personal injury lawyer Gerard Bernhardt in Philadelphia today.