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Deborah Maliver’s Legal Cases

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  • Laura Thomas and Bryan Thomas, her husband, Plaintiffs, vs. Michael Abdul-Malak and United States of America, Defendants

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Jul 29, 2004
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff Verdict $1,728,314.33
    Description:
    (not available)
  • Bliley vs. Hoppe et al.

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Oct 26, 2010
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff Verdict of $3,549,000 in addition to $500,000 agreed to pay by Dr. McGovern
    Description:
    Martin Bliley developed difficulty speaking and understanding and went to Hamot Hospital ER, where he reported a history of recent pneumonia. Radiologic studies showed an abnormality in the lung and three ring shaped lesions in the brain. Dr. Hoppe did not consider infection as a possible cause for the abnormalities, instead informing the patient in the emergency room that he had metastatic cancer and perscribed steroids to reduce the brain swelling. Dr. Hoppe consulted Dr. Jeffery McGovern, a pulmonogist, and Dr. Narinder Malhota, a cancer specialist. Both recommended a lung biopsy. Dr. Hoppe and Dr. McGovern signed off of the case without waiting for the biopsy results. The first biopsy was a failure so patient was sent home with steroids. Days later a biopsy showed no cancer, but the results were not sent to any treating physicians, and no treating physicians tried to learn of the results. Days later while awaiting an outpatient appointment with the cancer specialist for cancer he did not have, Bliley was rushed to ER where doctors diagnosed his infection, which had grown to 30 times its original size on steroids. Surgery was performed but Bliley was left with substantial loss of brain tissue that permanently impacted his speech, sight and hearing.
  • Ronald Yuhas and Judith Yuhas, his wife, vs. Sandeep Sahota, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Health System, and V. Edgardo Reyes

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Jan 17, 2003
    Outcome:
    Verdict against Sandeep Sahota, M.D. and UPMC McKeesport in the amount of $780,000
    Description:
    Delay in diagnosis of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm followed by multi-system organ failure and bowel ischemia requiring colostomy for two years.
  • Bargas v. Blakeley

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Dec 19, 2011
    Outcome:
    $2Million Plaintiff Verdict
    Description:
    In May of 2008, after experiencing what she thought was hemorrhoidal bleeding, Sarah Bargas went to see Ann Blakeley, D.O. at her office, Hemorrhoid Care, P.C. At that first visit Dr. Blakeley performed an anoscopy and diagnosed Sarah with hemorrhoids. She then recommended treatment with an "IRC" machine (infrared coagulation machine) in which a wand of light is applied to the base of a hemorrhoid, without ordering any further testing. Dr. Blakeley saw Sarah four more times in sixteen months with no relief of Sarah's symptoms, each time diagnosing her with hemorrhoids and failing to order further testing. In July, 2009, Sarah finally self-referred to a specialist who found that she had Stage III rectal cancer with positive lymph nodes. What followed for her was a grueling course of radiation and chemotherapy, followed by major surgery, followed by more high-dose chemotherapy. Sarah Bargas was represented by medical malpractice attorneys, Deborah Maliver, M.D., J.D., and Christine Biancheria, Esq. "This was a clear case of medical malpractice," said Dr. Maliver, who, in addition to being an attorney, is a board-certified internal medicine doctor. "As a physician, if you see an adult patient with rectal bleeding, endocopy tests, either a flexible sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy must always be performed. The risk of cancer is too great to not look. Multiple very strict guidelines have been devised by the American Gastroenterology Association, the ASGE, as well as numerous other medical and surgical organizations mandating that all rectal bleeding in and adult be evaluated this way. This case was one in which these strict rules were inexplicably broken, to the detriment of a wonderful young wife and mother." The jury found Dr. Blakeley was negligent. They determined that the delay in diagnosis of cancer made it more likely that Sarah would require extensive, painful therapies for her cancer and that her chance of dying of cancer was increased by Dr. Blakeley's negligent delay. The total award was $2 million. The jury awarded $75,000 for past medical expenses, $1 million eight hundred twenty five thousand for her pain, suffering and mental distress, and Trever Bargas, her husband, was awarded $100,000 for loss of consortium.