December 11, 2015 -
$700,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement for 88 Year-Old Woman Rendered Blind
SRBC partner David Barry has obtained a $700,000 settlement for an 88-year-old woman who became blind as a result of her physician’s failure to promptly diagnose and treat her temporal arteritis, a blood-vessel inflammation that can lead to loss of vision if not promptly diagnosed and treated with steroids. The plaintiff saw her doctor complaining of a headache, jaw pain, scalp tenderness, sore throat and a general feeling of malaise. Although these were classic symptoms of temporal arteritis, the doctor diagnosed the plaintiff with “salivary gland dysfunction” and told her to suck on sour candy to stimulate saliva. Five days later, the plaintiff woke up unable to see. Despite hospitalization and intravenous steroid treatment, she became permanently blind. The case settled at mediation. For more, please see the attached Settlement Report.