Skip to content

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE | PERSONAL INJURY | CIVIL RIGHTS
NEW YORK ATTORNEYS

Free Consultation 212.869.3500

Search By Case Type

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Filter by Custom Post Type

Try these: Civil RightsMedical MalpracticePersonal InjuryPrisoner Injuries

Injured? Contact Us to Discuss Your Legal Options.

Major Jury Verdict for Woman Paralyzed when Neurologist fails to Diagnose Autoimmune Disease

Home / Major Jury Verdict for Woman Paralyzed when Neurologist fails to Diagnose Autoimmune Disease

Compensation: $8M

Our client, a 50-year-old woman visited a neurologist with complaints of dizziness and loss of balance and coordination. The doctor failed to order a sufficient work-up which would have led to a diagnosis of paraneoplastic neurologic syndrome, a condition in which the body has an autoimmune response to a malignant tumor, and which in this case was attacking our client’s cerebellum. The doctor noted in the medical record that he should do tests related to this when he initially evaluated the patient, but he did not follow through.

Because the proper work-up was not done, our client’s condition grew worse and worse. She wound up in a wheelchair and had great difficulty talking. She ultimately lost the use of her arms and her hands, thereby losing the ability to feed herself.

At trial, our lawyers presented a neurologist who is a noted expert on paraneoplastic neurologic syndrome who explained that the disorder is most often associated with cancer and involves an autoimmune response to a tumor. He further explained that although rare, the condition is known to the medical community and blood tests for antibodies are available. The expert also said that had the defendant followed through on his initial suspicions and done an appropriate work-up, he would have diagnosed the condition prior to our client’s condition becoming so severe. In fact, later on, the woman was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer which was the precipitating cause of this autoimmune response. The cancer was readily treated, but the condition it caused was devastating to our client’s life and livelihood.

Because of the severity of the condition, our client was awarded a substantial verdict: the jury awarded her $8,004,000, including $2,500,000 for past pain and suffering, $280,000 for past loss of business profits, $2,000,000 for future pain and suffering, $2,224,000 for future custodial care, $620,000 for future loss of business profits, $180,000 for past loss of consortium, and $200,000 for future loss of consortium.

Related Cases:

Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm | Manhattan NYC

CLIENT SUCCESS

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

$4.4 Million

Child Becomes Hypoxic Intermittingly During Labor.

Learn More

Undisclosed

Jail Failed To Provide Proper Medical Care.

Learn More

Undisclosed

Doctors Ignored Our Client’s Complaint Of A Breast Lump.

Learn More

Undisclosed

Prescribed Medication That Caused Complications

Learn More

$8M

Major Jury Verdict for Woman Paralyzed when Neurologist fails to Diagnose

Learn More

$6.1M

Welder Suffering Devastating Brain Injury at Work - Obtains Substantial Recovery

Learn More

THE JACOB FUCHSBERG LAW FIRM

Do I Have A Case?

To speak with an attorney immediately call (212) 869-3500 or fill out the form below and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. Your inquiry is always confidential.

MANHATTAN LAW OFFICE:

Scroll To Top