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On June 25, 2019, Schochor, Staton, Goldberg, and Cardea, P.A., P.A achieved a Plaintiff’s Verdict against Ellen Lemkin, MD and Osler Drive Emergency Physicians Associates, P.A. in the amount of $1,750,000.
The case involved a 65-year-old gentleman who presented to St. Joseph Medical Center’s ER for evaluation after suffering chest pain. The patient had a significant cardiac history and multiple risk factors for an aortic dissection. Despite this history, Dr. Lemkin diagnosed him with a simple muscle strain and sent home instead of admitting him for a cardiac evaluation.  The ER at St. Joseph Medical Center is staffed by Osler Drive Emergency Associates, P.A. which employed Dr. Lemkin.

A Belated Diagnosis

When the patient returned the following day still in distress, he was diagnosed with a large aortic dissection. He arrested in the ER during this return visit and emergency surgery was unsuccessful.

The belated diagnosis was too little and too late. The patient passed away days later.

Schochor, Staton, Goldberg, and Cardea, P.A. attorneys Jim Cardea and Tara Clary successfully proved that, if the patient had been admitted and undergone cardiac consultation during the first ER visit, an early aortic dissection would have been diagnosed via CT scan. The result would have been timely intervention – and survival.

The jury awarded the following amounts:

  • $1,000,000 for the decedent’s widow (half in non-economic damages, and half for lost wages and loss of household services)
  • $250,000 for the decedent’s estate for pain and suffering
  • $250,000 non-economic damages for each of his two surviving adult daughters

When you or a loved one suffers injury or wrongful death because a doctor or other medical professional fails to properly diagnose and treat an illness or injury, you deserve fair compensation for medical expenses, lost current and future earnings, and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable malpractice attorney can help and guide you throughout the process of seeking justice.

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Serving injured clients and their families in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and nationwide, the law firm of Schochor, Staton, Goldberg, and Cardea, P.A. has a long history of success in representing victims of medical errors and other forms of medical malpractice. Since 1984, our firm has initiated more medical negligence cases than any other law firm or practitioner in Maryland, and we led the largest single class-action settlement involving sexual misconduct by a physician in the history of Maryland. We know how to fight for medical malpractice victims and their families against the big hospitals, private practices, and other medical facilities as well as the specific health care providers who fail to deliver adequate care. If you suffer serious injury due to the negligent or reckless actions of others, call us at 410-234-1000 or contact us online.