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Florida Family Awarded $7.5 Million In Malpractice Lawsuit

In May of 2009 Maria Elena Espinosa underwent surgery to remove a two inch tumor from her skull. Unfortunately, the surgeons responsible for the procedure, Basil M. Yates, M.D. and Pedro Albanes, M.D., failed to monitor her properly and were unaware that she was bleeding out. By the time they saw the blood pooling under her head, it was too late to save the forty-five year old mother of two.

As the Miami personal injury lawyer began assembling the case, he spoke with medical experts who testified that Espinosa did not even need surgery. Most multiple myeloma cases, including this one, only require radiation and chemotherapy. Instead of following protocol these surgeons rushed Espinosa into a surgery that she did not need, and her life was ended prematurely as a result of their negligence. Her two children were never even given the opportunity to tell their mother goodbye.

The anesthesiologist and internist involved settled privately before this case reached the courtroom. The jury found both of the surgeons guilty of medical malpractice, and the family was awarded $7.5 million.

Medical malpractice occurs more often than people realize, and the statute of limitations on these cases is shorter than other personal injury suits. A medical malpractice suit must be started within the first two years after the patient realizes what has happened. Time is crucial, so it is best to contact a medical malpractice personal injury lawyer immediately.

In order to win a medical malpractice suit, the attorney must prove that the health care provider failed to provide reasonable care. This is proven with evidence and the testimonies of medical experts within that health care provider’s field. It is very expensive to litigate medical malpractice suits because the cost of hiring medical experts can be great, and most cases require multiple specialists.

At Abramowitz, Pomerantz and Morehead, P.A., we don’t believe the cost should prevent someone from receiving retribution. After a case has been deemed meritorious we advance all of the necessary costs so our clients only pay us back if we are successful. If we are not successful, they are not responsible for any costs that were advanced. We also offer a free initial consultation to discuss the merits of a potential medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you or someone you know has been in a similar legal situation contact our firm at (954)- 572-7200, or by email at