Philadelphia Jury Returns $1.5 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Earlier this month a more than $1.5 million dollar medical malpractice verdict was returned by a Philadelphia jury.

The case involved the care that Sonia O’Connor received in a Philadelphia hospital and then in a Philadelphia nursing home.  Ms. O’Connor’s medical malpractice lawyers argued that the hospital’s doctors were negligent in not recognizing the symptoms of spinal cord compromise and getting Ms. O’Connor the appropriate tests and care and that the nursing home’s doctors were negligent in not recognizing that Ms. O’Connor’s neurological symptoms required immediate transfer for diagnosis and care.

Ms. O’Connor was 68 years old when she went to the hospital with severe back pain in 2005.  She had surgery but her ability to walk continually declined during her hospital and nursing home stays.  By December 2005, she had suffered total paralysis of the legs.  She underwent emergency surgery in December 2005 that improved her condition to partial paralysis of the legs, although she remained wheelchair bound.

The verdict in this case was against the doctors only.  Ms. O’Connor reportedly settled with the hospital and nursing home for undisclosed amounts before trial.