Jury awards Erie man $3.5 million in medical malpractice case

Oct 27, 2010 Full story: GoErie

An Erie County jury awarded a classical pianist and his wife $3.5 million on Tuesday to compensate them for the debilitating brain damage the man suffered after doctors at Hamot Medical Center failed to diagnose and treat a brain infection he suffered in December 2007.

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told ya so

Erie, PA

#1 Oct 27, 2010
hahahahaha....I try to warn people of hamot..or should I say the butchershop??? I heard they have the best haunted house in erie..just go from the ER to the OR....you'll see all kinds of errors along the way!!! oh wait but the care there is good???? rrriiiigggghhhhhhhhttttttttttt ttttttt?
Bob Oppenheimer

United States

#2 Oct 27, 2010
It is unfortunate, but but the docs and the hospitals seem to take the path of least resistance sometimes. The other sad part is you can bet your bottom dollar the hospital overcharged this man for their services and they would chase him to his grave and bankrupt him to collect. There is nothing good about this situation. We will all pay for this, well.. only those of us who work and play by the rules will pay.
told ya so

Erie, PA

#3 Oct 27, 2010
wheres ErieRetard on this one?
Bob Oppenheimer

United States

#4 Oct 27, 2010
told ya so wrote:
wheres ErieRetard on this one?
looks like he posted on # 3 ...
libnlovinit

Erie, PA

#5 Oct 27, 2010
Tragic case demonstrating what happens all too often in medicine when there are multiple specialists involved but no single accountable physician to coordinate the care. If a single practicioner would have accepted accountability for care coordination, test results would not have been ignored, filed away for "someone else" to find later and only located after the patient declined an an internist (Infectious Disease) physician insisted on doing a thorough review of the medical record. This case could have happened anywhere in the US-and even though I will only go to Saint V's for my care for other reasons (the outstanding nursing care and department leadership), Hamot is likely no different than many other facilities that struggle with the issue of who really is in-charge of a patient's care.

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