Firm Partner Elizabeth Montesano recently represented the family of a deceased man who died as a result of mistreated diverticulitis. Ms. Montesano helped obtain $17,250,000 for the decedent’s family in the ensuing medical malpractice case.
In December 2014, the decedent consulted with a colorectal surgeon at a Long Island Hospital due to increasing symptoms related to his chronic diverticulitis. He appeared at the hospital’s Emergency Department, where the colorectal surgeon had an affiliation, and surgery was scheduled for December 16, 2014. However, by December 14th, two days before his scheduled operation, his condition began deteriorating and he required immediate emergency surgery. The colorectal surgeon was not available on that day and surgery was performed on December 14th, 2014 by a different colorectal surgeon.
After the surgery, the patient’s condition worsened. Because his underlying condition was not properly addressed by the covering colorectal surgeon during the surgery, he developed an abscess and a perforation of his intestine. Neither colorectal surgeons tended to their patient’s follow up appointments and hospital personnel, including the residents, did not notify them of the patient’s deteriorating condition until December 16th. By the afternoon of December 16th, the patient was taken in for emergency surgery. The decedent’s original colorectal surgeon would not make himself available to do the emergency surgery which had to be performed again by the covering physician. By this time, the decedent had suffered from severe infection and shock throughout his body.
Tragically, the patient’s condition deteriorated and he went into multi-organ failure and had to be placed on a ventilator and use a feeding tube and a chest tube. He never left the hospital and, although he fought bravely, he succumbed to his condition on July 6, 2015, almost eight (8) months later.
Because the hospital was a New York State entity, SPBMCC had to bring 2 different lawsuits, one in the New York State Court of Claims and one in the New York State Supreme Court in the County of Suffolk. Medical Malpractice Partner Elizabeth Montesano directed the litigation in close concert with Eleni Coffinas, also a member of the firm and one of the country’s leading trial attorneys. The efforts of both attorneys resulted in a settlement of $17,250,000 for the victim’s family.
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