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Another Huge Settlement of $1.8 Million


Continuing with our string of success on behalf of our clients, Fiedler Deutsch, LLP settled another matter this week for $1.8 million dollars. Our client had Achilles tendon repair surgery with a very prominent New York City orthopedic surgeon. In the weeks following surgery he complained to the doctor via text message that his leg was hurting. The doctor brushed off those complaints as normal post-operative pain. Our client then texted the doctor after missing an appointment and apologized, telling the doctor that he missed the appointment because he was short of breath. Leg pain and shortness of breath after a lower leg procedure are telltale signs of a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) that can lead to a pulmonary embolism (when the blood clot goes from the leg into the lungs). This is a medical emergency that warrants immediate hospitalization and treatment. Instead of telling our client to go directly to the emergency room as the standard of care required, he told the client to come into the office the following week. Two days later our client passed away from a pulmonary embolism. At the close of discovery, we were able to negotiate an excellent settlement for our client’s estate.