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Medical Malpractice Verdict

Verdict: $507,667.00. Medical Malpractice. Plaintiff Michael Sharrett, a 61-year-old truck driver, was a patient of Defendant Cy D. Young, D.O. of Defendant Maplewood Clinic, Inc. Beginning in late 2007, Mr. Sharrett began complaining to Dr. Young that his abdomen was expanding and he felt a sense of fullness. Dr. Young allegedly attributed Mr. Sharrett's complaints to "middle age spread" and did not seek further evaluation. Mr. Sharrett continued to complain and, in December of 2009, Dr. Young referred Mr. Sharrett to an urologist who diagnosed him with chronic kidney disease and enlarged prostate with hydronephrosis (a distention and dilation of the kidney due to urine obstruction resulting in a two liter accumulation of urine in his bladder). Mr. Sharrett developed bladder retention and an atonic bladder, which is an irreversible condition that requires self-catheterization three to four times per day. He sued Dr. Young alleging that he failed to timely evaluate, diagnose and treat his condition. Mr. Sharrett also alleged that Dr. Young added information to his medical records relating to a referral which was allegedly refused by Mr. Sharrett. Dr. Young disputed Mr. Sharrett's allegations that he breached the standard of care and asserted that Mr. Sharrett's condition was neither caused nor worsened by anything Dr. Young did or failed to do. The jury found in favor of Mr. Sharrett and awarded him $482,667.00 in compensatory damages and awarded his wife, Plaintiff Kimberly Sharrett $25,000.00 for loss of consortium. Dr. Young gave his insurer (The Doctor's Company) consent to settle after his cross-examination. The parties subsequently reached a high-low agreement. However, the verdict did not exceed the high agreed upon. Medical Specials: $15,000.00. Length of Trial: 5 days. Plaintiff's Expert: Arnold Melman, M.D. (urology) and Jerome Daniel, M.D. (family medicine). Defendant's Expert: William Giannakopoulos, M.D. (urology) and Michael Yaffe, M.D. (internal medicine). Last Settlement Demand: $350,000.00. Last Settlement Offer: $0. Plaintiff's Counsel: David Shroyer and Eleni Drakatos. Defendant's Counsel: Gary Hammond. Judge Reece. Case Caption: Michael Sharrett, et al. v. Cy D. Young, D.O., et al. Case No. 11 CV 594 (2013).

Medical Malpractice Verdict

Verdict: $507,667.00. Medical Malpractice. Plaintiff Michael Sharrett, a 61-year-old truck driver, was a patient of Defendant Cy D. Young, D.O. of Defendant Maplewood Clinic, Inc. Beginning in late 2007, Mr. Sharrett began complaining to Dr. Young that his abdomen was expanding and he felt a sense of fullness. Dr. Young allegedly attributed Mr. Sharrett's complaints to "middle age spread" and did not seek further evaluation. Mr. Sharrett continued to complain and, in December of 2009, Dr. Young referred Mr. Sharrett to an urologist who diagnosed him with chronic kidney disease and enlarged prostate with hydronephrosis (a distention and dilation of the kidney due to urine obstruction resulting in a two liter accumulation of urine in his bladder). Mr. Sharrett developed bladder retention and an atonic bladder, which is an irreversible condition that requires self-catheterization three to four times per day. He sued Dr. Young alleging that he failed to timely evaluate, diagnose and treat his condition. Mr. Sharrett also alleged that Dr. Young added information to his medical records relating to a referral which was allegedly refused by Mr. Sharrett. Dr. Young disputed Mr. Sharrett's allegations that he breached the standard of care and asserted that Mr. Sharrett's condition was neither caused nor worsened by anything Dr. Young did or failed to do. The jury found in favor of Mr. Sharrett and awarded him $482,667.00 in compensatory damages and awarded his wife, Plaintiff Kimberly Sharrett $25,000.00 for loss of consortium. Dr. Young gave his insurer (The Doctor's Company) consent to settle after his cross-examination. The parties subsequently reached a high-low agreement. However, the verdict did not exceed the high agreed upon. Medical Specials: $15,000.00. Length of Trial: 5 days. Plaintiff's Expert: Arnold Melman, M.D. (urology) and Jerome Daniel, M.D. (family medicine). Defendant's Expert: William Giannakopoulos, M.D. (urology) and Michael Yaffe, M.D. (internal medicine). Last Settlement Demand: $350,000.00. Last Settlement Offer: $0. Plaintiff's Counsel: David Shroyer and Eleni Drakatos. Defendant's Counsel: Gary Hammond. Judge Reece. Case Caption: Michael Sharrett, et al. v. Cy D. Young, D.O., et al. Case No. 11 CV 594 (2013).

How can you know if your doctor has a good record?

Choosing a doctor is a serious matter, and you can invest considerable time and effort researching your decision. The good news is that in today's information age, you have many options available to do your homework, including the Internet and a variety of consumer reporting sites. But how much faith can you place in the information you gather from such sources?

What should you do before you file a medical malpractice claim?

You may recall a recent post where we discussed the importance of time in medical malpractice cases. The statute of limitations in Ohio dictates that you have precisely one year to file a medical malpractice case, though there are rules on when that clock starts running. If you or a loved one has been harmed by or in the care of a medical provider, your instinct may be to file a medical malpractice lawsuit immediately. Before you do so, there are some steps you should take.

Misdiagnosis by doctors is frequent cause of medical malpractice

A trip to the doctor in Columbus, Ohio, can be filled with anxiety if you are sick or injured. First, you feel terrible, and you probably fear what the diagnosis will be. One thing you should not be concerned about is the ability of the doctor to properly diagnose and treat what is wrong with you, but, sadly, this might not be true in many cases.

Apology law could impact medical malpractice cases in Ohio

A medical malpractice attorney, like all lawyers, must constantly be aware of possible changes to the law that could affect current and future clients. There is a bill before the Ohio General Assembly that would allow doctors to apologize to patients for mistakes they made to the detriment of the patient, without having that apology or admission of error be used later as evidence or admission of guilt by the doctor in a possible future medical malpractice case.

Unusual medical malpractice lawsuit raises question of damages

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Ohio are variations of basic lawsuits for negligence. In addition to proving that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, one of the elements that the plaintiff must also prove to be successful is that some harm ensued as a direct result of that breach of duty.

Why is time important in medical malpractice cases?

At times medical malpractice cases go unreported. In other instances, victims file their complaints after a considerable amount of time elapses. This can be because of unawareness of the occurrence of an injury, or a long recovery period. If the delay in discovering or taking action on an injury resulting from a medical mistake takes too long, unfortunate victims can end up missing compensation that negligent doctors rightfully owe them.

Ohio woman wins $1.2 million in failure to diagnose suit

Most surgery complications are treatable. But in some cases, doctors miss the signs that something has gone wrong. A recent failure to diagnose suit resulted in damages for a Hamilton, Ohio, woman who suffered a debilitating medical mistake.

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