After waiting seven years for their lawsuit to be settled, a family and their injured child were finally awarded $12.5 million for the injuries the child suffered just days after being born. According to The Times-Tribune, just days after the young girl, who is now nine years old, was born, a pediatric cardiologist employed by Geisinger, diagnosed the newborn with having a congenital defect that would require her to undergo arterial switch surgery. This type of surgery is rather invasive, especially when it is being performed on such a small child.

While the child was born at Moses Hospital in Scranton, the pediatric cardiologist, Michele Monaco, stated that the procedure could not be performed at Moses Taylor. Naturally, the parents were a bit concerned but agreed to have their daughter moved to Geisinger. They were assured by Dr. Monaco that their daughter would be placed in excellent hands and that Dr. Pourmoghadam would be fit to handle the job.

Unfortunately, Dr. Pourmoghadam wasn’t suitable to take on such an extensive procedure according to the lawsuit filed. Apparently, he had less experience than doctors at other facilities located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which were other locations where the family’s daughter could have been transferred, yet they were informed to place her here. Sadly, the practicing surgeon made a mistake which resulted in her “suffering a series of cardiac arrests and strokes in the days after.” As a result, the infant suffered brain damage. The child was then required to be transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where a doctor was able to correct the mistake that was made. In 2009, the child then had to undergo yet another invasive procedure, a heart transplant.


A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit was Filed in 2010


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When a doctor or health care professional makes a mistake, they can be held accountable for their negligence in the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

After the couple’s child was required to receive extensive medical treatment and go through such traumatic surgeries which left her suffering with brain damage, they decided to file a lawsuit against Geisinger Medical Center and several doctors. While the lawsuit was originally filed in Montour County Court in Danville, it was then moved to Lackawanna County as per the family’s request.

After years of waiting, the couple and their daughter were paid $11 million that “will be used to purchase annuities that will result in total guaranteed payments at just over $12.5 million,” according to the news source. A trust was also established, “The Lily Fagan Special Needs Trust,” and anticipated future payments could bring the total settlement amount to almost $16.9. Sadly, no amount of money can correct the medical error that was made but at least the family received some sort of justice for the negligence that was displayed by the surgeon.

If you or a loved one were injured during a medical procedure and feel the facility or the treating physician made a mistake, you might be entitled to collect compensation after taking the appropriate legal action. As you can see, medical malpractice cases can take years before a settlement is reached which is why it is essential to hire a Philadelphia, PA medical malpractice lawyer immediately so they can begin working on your case. If you need help locating an attorney in your area, contact today to receive the assistance you are seeking.