$16M Verdict: Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis
When a pulmonary embolism was misdiagnosed as pneumonia, attorneys Darryl Lewis, ESQ, and Jack Scarola, ESQ, needed to show why medical providers were liable for their client’s stroke, brain damage, and bilateral blindness. We prepared their team with an arsenal of exhibits to help convey every strategic angle to their case:
- A Pathways Chart demonstrated how following proper procedure would have identified the pulmonary embolism, and allowed doctors to prevent the resulting stroke.
- Color Diagnostics highlighted where the pulmonary embolism was located in the patient’s CT scan, and helped explain why it should have been recognized and diagnosed properly.
- 3D Animations showed the step-by-step chain of events that escalated the patient’s condition from a pulmonary embolism to a brain injury.
- A custom Diagnostic Slice Chooser® helped drive home the full depth of the patient’s damages by providing three-dimensional context to his CT and MRI films.
The case resulted in a $16M verdict for Mr. Lewis and Mr. Scarola’s client to help reimburse his resulting medical costs and suffering.
We first showed the defendant’s liability with this pathways chart, which demonstrates how following the step-by-step Standard of Care procedure would have enabled doctors to identify the clot and thin the patient’s blood before dangerous new clots formed.
The pathways chart helped simplify a seemingly complex problem down to the decision points that would have prevented the injury.
We then highlighted the patient’s CT scans, which helped show where the pulmonary embolism was located, and helped explain why it should have been recognized as a pulmonary embolism, instead of the pneumonia diagnosis reached by radiologists.
Color Diagnostics® make radiographic films recognizable to juries, and in this case helped show why medical staff should have recognized the embolism, and made the correct diagnosis.
Once the attorneys had established the violation of procedure and highlighted the extent to which the pulmonary embolism was misdiagnosed, these 3D animations helped show exactly how the embolism resulted in a brain injury
Animations are powerful for explaining a complex series of events people aren’t familiar with, and helped the jury understand exactly how mistakes in this case led to permanent brain damage.
Diagnostic Slice Chooser®
We packaged these exhibits into a custom interactive interface with a Diagnostic Slice Chooser®, which our clients used to show the full depth of damages.
Diagnostic Slice Choosers help make black-and-white CT Scans, MRI's, and X-Rays easier to understand. We colorized the patient's CT Scans and MRI's to highlight injuries, and then layer them into a photorealistic 3D model of his head. We then packaged the Diagnostic Slice Chooser, along with all the exhibits above, into a custom Digital Injury Summary that provided interactive control over the delivery of their message.
The High Impact team helped make complicated medical issues very simple for the jury to understand. The demonstratives created a perfect visual demonstration of our theory of the case. The High Impact team was an important & intricate part of the entire team that helped us achieve a $16,000,000.00 jury verdict in our case. Their entire team was amazing.