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Family Receives $1.8 Million in Missed Abdominal Injuries

Amount: $1,837,500
Court: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Plaintiff’s Counsel: David M. Paris

Decedent was a laborer on a work site when a tort feasor backed his truck, pinning him against other equipment. That tort feasor previously settled for $950,000. Decedent was taken to a local trauma center where his abdominal injuries were evaluated. The first DPL was normal, but decedent continued to become unstable and hypotensive. Eight hours later, he went into cardiac arrest, at which time a second DPL was positive and exploratory laparotomy showed diaphragmatic tear, lacerated spleen, and mesenteric hematoma. Plaintiff contended that a second DPL done sooner would have revealed the internal bleeding and prompted life-saving surgery.

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