$1.25 Million Settlement for Medical Negligence in Emergency Room
- Date: Fall 1995
- Attorney: John Blume
- Settlement: $1.25 Million
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Emergency Room Negligence, Failure to Diagnose & Treat, Brain Injury
An 18-year-old fell from the hood of a moving car while “car surfing” with friends. After he walked into the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, the emergency room physician and his family physician both failed to detect and treat the pressure of an epidural hematoma. Six hours later he was in a coma and permanently brain damaged.
Blume Donnelly principal John Blume represented evidence that there was no record of monitoring by the on-duty nurse. Neither Doctor ordered a CAT scan or neurological consultation until after the young man fell into the coma. He is now confined to a residential treatment center. Blume settled the case for $1.25 million during jury selection.