April 16, 2010
Contact: Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
305-670-1101 Ext. 123
Alleging Negligent Care and Treatment of a Neurological Condition
ORLANDO, Fla. – Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB) trial attorneys, Peter J. Molinelli, managing partner of the Tampa office; and Orlando office partners Robin N. Khanal and Michele D. Morales, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a physician assistant. The plaintiff was a 25-year-old single mother, former model, ballet dancer and University of Florida graduate. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant negligently provided her with care and treatment for an alleged seizure disorder. As a result, only six days after visiting the defendant, while driving to work on the turnpike, she was in a single car accident which led to catastrophic injuries. Plaintiff underwent multiple life saving surgeries, including above the knee amputations to both of her legs.
Plaintiff’s expert, a nationally respected neurologist and epileptology expert opined that the plaintiff had a seizure at the time of the accident and that but for the actions of the defendant, the plaintiff would not have been driving on the day of the accident and she would not have had the devastating injuries. Plaintiff also presented a life care plan in excess of $14 million.
Defense counsel argued that the defendant did not breach the standard of care to the plaintiff as the relevant information had been provided to the defendant’s supervising physician, a neurologist. Further, defense counsel argued that even if defendant breached the standard of care, defendant’s alleged breach did not cause her injuries. In support, defense expert, an accident reconstructionist, testified that her accident was consistent with driving error.
Plaintiff asked the jury for $20 million in future economic damages and future pain and suffering. The jury deliberated for eight hours and returned a defense verdict for the physician assistant.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is a full-service business law firm with more than 100 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in seven offices throughout Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. QPWB provides comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters.