• $1,450,000 Settlement Obtained for Family of Woman with Diverticulitis Misdiagnosis
  • May 24, 2017
  • Law Firm: Laraine Kelley of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP - Buffalo Office
  • Diverticulitis is an infection of outpouchings that develop in the large colon. It is a common condition, but can be deadly if misdiagnosed or not treated properly. The infection can progress to the point where the colon perforates, allowing stool to leak into the patient’s free abdomen causing sepsis. If that happens, life-saving emergency surgery is required.

    In this case, a diverticulitis patient had clear signs of a perforated colon. Despite these clear signs, her physicians failed to recognize the problem in a timely manner. When they finally did diagnose and treat the perforation, the patient was found to have two liters of stool in her abdomen. This caused her to develop sepsis and multi-system organ failure, which ultimately caused her death.

    According to Joseph J. Manna, a senior partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, the woman’s death was avoidable. “It was a tragic and unnecessary death that should have been prevented,” he explained. Mr. Manna represented the woman’s family in the case and was able to secure a $1,450,000 settlement for them. Mr. Manna was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Lawyers and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America as well as Super Lawyers for the past several years.

    Who to call

    If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, the effects on your life can be devastating. Injuries from medical malpractice can be life-threatening and the cost of additional procedures can put considerable financial strain on you and your family. Contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney is an important step in the process of rebuilding your life. Mr. Manna and the medical malpractice attorneys at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria have the compassion necessary to guide you through the process and the knowledge necessary to take on the huge insurance companies representing negligent doctors to get you the results you deserve.