Lou La Cava and David Young obtained a defense verdict in a case wherein the Plaintiff alleged that he developed a compartment syndrome after removal of the fibula to reconstruct his jaw resulting in an above-knee amputation of his right leg. Plaintiff claimed this should have been diagnosed earlier and, if so, his leg could have been saved. Although our insured physician mentioned compartment syndrome as a contributing cause of the patient’s problem, it was argued at trial that a post-operative infection led to the amputation. The jury returned the defense verdict in 30 minutes.
Lou La Cava and Malinda Lugo received a defense verdict in the case wherein the Plaintiff alleged that our insured physician used an obsolete method of closing the pulmonary artery when he performed a pneumonectomy on the Plaintiff. The suture and suture ligature he used came off and the patient bled to death. The Plaintiff further argued that because our insured physician was a general surgeon rather than a thoracic surgeon, he should not have performed the surgery at all and should have referred the patient to a thoracic surgeon who would have used a more appropriate method of closing the pulmonary artery which would have held. The jury was out less than one hour and found our insured physician was not negligent.
Lou La Cava obtained a defense verdict in a case wherein the Plaintiff alleged the insured physician was negligent in the performance of a colonoscopy resulting in a perforation of the colon. The Plaintiff asked for damages as a result of additional surgery and ongoing gastrointestinal problems.
Lou La Cava obtained a summary judgment on an important damage issue in the case wherein the Plaintiffs sued an insurance carrier for bad faith and alleged that as a result of an excess verdict against the group, their malpractice premiums increased and they would continue to pay higher premiums in the future. The trial judge held that such damages were not recoverable in a bad faith case. The case was filed in Orlando, FL.
Lou La Cava and James Wetzel obtained a defense verdict in a case wherein the Plaintiff alleged the our insured physician negligently allowed the patient to receive immuno-suppressant drugs while being treated for pneumonia, thereby worsening the pneumonia and producing chronic problems as a result of lung scarring.
Lou La Cava obtained a defense verdict in Inverness, Florida, in a case wherein the Plaintiff alleged the delay in performing a cesarean section resulted in the child being born severely brain damaged. Plaintiff asked for damages in excess of 10 million dollars. The jury found no negligence on the part of the OB/GYN who delivered the child.