Warshafsky Shakes Up Hospitals with Medical Malpractice Verdict
Law Firm Wins $3.6 Million for Brain Damaged Man
Picture this: A 61-year old man who survived the Nazi concentration camps of World War II and went on to become a highly successful civil engineer and real estate developer in Israel develops a heart condition and travels to Milwaukee for bypass surgery.
The man has come to Milwaukee specifically because the hospital is recognized as one of the world’s best heart surgery centers. The surgery is successful, but while he’s recovering things go horribly wrong. As a result of being given the wrong medication, he has a series of devastating seizures and goes into cardiac arrest.
Result: a once brilliant man who spoke 7 languages now suffers from severe brain damage, which has left him with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old. Besides putting an end to his ability to earn a living, his compromised mental status has left his wife with a precarious future. On behalf of the man and his wife, attorneys of Warshafsky Law pursued a personal injury suit against the hospital and its insurer.
Difficult as it is to believe, the hospital actually claimed the post-op care they gave our client was “appropriate.” Last time we checked, appropriate care didn’t include improper administration of medication and failure to monitor the patient. So convinced were they of this peculiar notion of “appropriate care,” the insurer didn’t even offer to resolve the matter through settlement. The case went to trial.
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As many an insurance company has learned, going up against Warshafsky Law Firm in the courtroom is no walk in the park. Through aggressive litigation exposing the entire shameful chain of events which ruined this client’s life, the personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law made a compelling case before a jury. Result: A $3.6 million medical malpractice judgment on behalf of the plaintiff and his wife. Consider, however, that this case was some years back. Adjusted to account for inflation, the $3.6 million would today be the equivalent of $6.5 million.
Just as we have done in so many cases like this, often involving car accident injury victims, Warshafsky Law sent a strong message to hospitals and their insurance companies — particularly those who refuse to acknowledge any accountability when things go wrong. As a result of Society Changing Judgments like this one, hospitals throughout Wisconsin stepped up their protocols for administering medication and monitoring patients.
Regrettably, we have no evidence the outcome of this case had any impact on the arrogance of hospital insurance companies.