Medical Malpractice – $2 Million For Failure to Diagnose Hydrocephalus

Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Attorneys


Attorney: Thomas E. Donahue

Settlement Amount:  $2,000,000

Case Summary:  $2,000,000 settlement for severe brain injury to adult woman (now in a coma) from undiagnosed and untreated hydrocephalus.

Medical Malpractice Case Description

In 2006, Thomas E. Donahue litigated a case involving a 50-year-old woman in a coma as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat hydrocephalus (excess fluid on the brain). The case settled as to the primary care physician for $2,000,000 the maximum available insurance proceeds. For about one year, the plaintiff presented to her primary care doctor with complaints of headaches, vomiting and dizziness and the primary care practitioners failed to diagnose that she had hydrocephalus.

The patient’s condition deteriorated and she went to the Emergency Department and the physician diagnosed her with hydrocephalus. Prior to surgery, the patient suffered respiratory arrest and brain injury as a result of oxygen deprivation. She was in a persistent vegetative state and required round the clock care. The case was partially settled with the primary physician for $2,000,000 which was the maximum available insurance policy limits.

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About Thomas E. Donahue

Thomas Donahue, Los Angeles Medical Malpractice AttorneyThomas E. Donahue has extensive experience litigating complex medical malpractice cases.

Thomas E. Donahue is the managing partner of the Medical Malpractice, Elder Abuse and Personal Injury Department of Donahue & Horrow, LLP. He represents injured patients and their families who have been injured, abused, neglected or died as a result of negligence by physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers.

Mr. Donahue has recovered more than one hundred million dollars for his clients that have been injured or died as a result of medical negligence and elder abuse.

Mr. Donahue has litigated almost every type of medical malpractice case including the following:

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Litigating against hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other medical facilities and staff is costly and requires substantial resources, knowledge, and experience. Donahue & Horrow, LLP is committed to litigating cases in an aggressive manner and maximizing the recovery for its clients. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means we bear the financial risks of pursuing your case — as a client, you pay nothing unless and until we recover for you by way of settlement or verdict.