When the COVID pandemic first hit in early 2020, we wondered how it would affect our cases and the world of medical malpractice. Thanks to technology and specifically Zoom and similar platforms, we have continued to prosecute our cases on behalf of injured patients and their families.
At the beginning of 2021, vaccines were just starting, and we had no idea what to expect. As the year progressed, vaccines proved to be a potential game-changer, and things began to open up everywhere, including in the legal world.
By mid-2021, trials began to resume live at courthouses throughout Arizona, but unfortunately COVID and its various mutations plus lack of universal vaccinations have proven challenging.
It remains to be seen whether the latest wave of COVID and Omicron will result in cancellations of trials again and more difficulties ahead.
But whatever happens at the courthouse, we will continue with our work and pursue our cases aggressively.
This past year, we handled and obtained compensation for clients in cases of medical malpractice the following areas:
- Poorly performed heart catheterization, leading to death.
- Inadequate patient support during helicopter transport from one hospital to another, resulting in death.
- Failure to diagnose obstructed bowel in the ER, resulting in death.
- Failure to properly diagnose cardiac tamponade (fluid around the heart preventing its proper functioning), resulting in death.
- Failure to timely diagnose lung cancer, increasing risk of premature death.
- Failure to timely diagnose Multiple Myeloma, causing premature death.
- Paralysis following spinal surgery.
- Improperly performed foot surgery, resulting in permanent foot pain and nerve injury.
- Untimely care in the ER and failure to diagnose aortic dissection, resulting in death.
One question we commonly get is whether there are malpractice claims related to COVID. In short, while we have received calls about potential cases, we have not to date accepted any cases on this topic. The treatment protocols are ever evolving, and the disease is potentially devastating. We have just not seen a case that would provide a valid basis for a medical malpractice claim.
We continue to evaluate each inquiry to our office and to pursue appropriate cases so that those who wrongfully cause harm in the medical arena are held accountable.
Wishing you all the best for 2022!