Trombly & Singer is pleased to report that on June 15, 2017, we obtained a jury verdict of $8,350,000.00 in D.C. Superior Court in the case of Robinson v. Azer, 2015 CA 008980 M. The case arose out of our client’s medical treatment in 2013. After going through physical therapy and injections for several years on account of arthritis in his right knee, our then 82 year old client decided to undergo a total knee replacement procedure. Unfortunately, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the knee replacement failed to fully realize that our client had a previous history of circulation problems in the same leg that had resulted in the surgical insertion of a stent in 2011. As a result of this oversight, coupled with inadequate post-operative care, the Plaintiff developed severe circulation problems in his leg that eventually resulted in an above-the-knee amputation approximately 34 days after the surgery.
The surgery and amputation had a devastating effect on our client, who had been working full-time up until the surgery. He has been unable to return to work, and his wife of over twenty years had to become his full-time caregiver on account of the loss of his leg. The jury awarded our client $6,750,000.00 for his medical negligence claim, and awarded his wife $1,600,000.00 for her loss of consortium claim. The combined verdict is the highest damages award in a personal injury or medical malpractice verdict in D.C. Superior Court since that court began publishing jury verdicts in 2007. We are extremely proud to have achieved such a just and fair result for our wonderful, deserving clients.
We worked on the case with Patrick Malone and Dan Scialpi of Patrick Malone & Associates of Washington, DC.