MIAMI, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 3, a jury in Miami-Dade County awarded 77-year-old Graciela McCallum $7,919,000 for a stroke that paralyzed and left the left side of her body useless. The verdict is notable for being awarded largely for noneconomic damages (i.e. pain and suffering). Ms. McCallum was represented by Gary D. Fox, Stephen F. Cain, and Michael E. Levine of Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. in Miami.
Her suit alleged that her stroke was caused by the negligence of her general cardiologist and electrophysiologist—a cardiology specialist who focuses on issues of heart rhythm. Ms. McCallum had been diagnosed with (among other heart conditions) atrial fibrillation, a condition that increases the risk of stroke and blood clots. In 2008, Ms. McCallum received treatment for some of her heart ailments by implantation of a pacemaker and defibrillator.
In the course of her treatment, her cardiologists stopped prescribing her Coumadin, a blood-thinner designed to prevent blood clots and strokes. In October 2013, Ms. McCallum suffered a debilitating stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body. Her attorneys argued that the stroke was caused in part by the stoppage of Coumadin.
In response, the defense argued that taking Ms. McCallum off Coumadin was justified and that her risk of stroke existed prior to discontinuing Coumadin. In addition, they argued that the client's advanced age and shorter life expectancy necessitated a reduced verdict.
Despite the defense's contention, the jury awarded $6.25 million for pain and suffering, with an additional $1.75 million for economic damages.
About the Firm
Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain has been representing clients in high-stakes personal injury cases since 1984. Their team of 7 attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience, offering decades of practice, skill, and strategy in each trial. Based in Miami, their trial practice includes medical malpractice, birth injuries, truck accidents, wrongful death, and other severe, life-altering injuries. This case is notable not only for the size of the verdict, but the state in which it occurred: Florida law makes medical malpractice verdicts rare, especially ones involving sizable noneconomic damages. Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. wholeheartedly applauds the jury's decision on behalf of their client.
To learn more about their history as a firm, visit their site at http://www.stfblaw.com/.
SOURCE Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A.