Fri, Sep 4, 2015
Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case
Plaintiff was seen by my client, Dr. Druck, for a mass in her parotid gland. Dr. Druck diagnosed the mass as benign and surgically removed it. Subsequent pathology confirmed that the mass was benign. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her parotid gland approximately 1 ½ years after Dr. Druck’s surgery. Plaintiff alleged that the original mass was cancerous and that Dr. Druck simply failed to remove it. Dr. Druck testified that he removed the initial mass and that the cancerous tumor was a separate mass that coincidentally grew in the same organ. Plaintiff alleged that the failure to timely remove the tumor caused her to have to undergo more extensive surgery, including severing the facial nerve; she also had to undergo radiation and chemotherapy which they alleged would not have been necessary if the tumor was removed initially by Dr. Druck. The jury returned a Defendant’s verdict.