Lauren Wargo vs. Susan White Anesthesia, Inc., et al.
Mar 13, 2008
This malpractice case was against plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Michelow and his corporation Contemporary Cosmetics, Inc in favor of his patient Lauren Wargo in the amount of $872,000 as a result of second degree burns she suffered on her face and neck caused by a fire in an operating room at the Zeeba Surgery Center on December 18, 2006.
Lauren, age 20, was having a mole removed from her right eyebrow and was sedated and receiving oxygen supplementation via a face mask when Dr. Michelow activated an electocautery "device known as a bovie which caused a fire to erupt in the operating room". Ms. Wargo alleged that Dr. Michelow was negligent in failing to communicate to the anesthesia assistant who was controlling the oxygen that he was going to use the bovie so that the anesthesia assistant would know to turn off the oxygen. During the trial, Dr. Michelow blamed this anesthesia assistant for not knowing that he was going to use the bovie. The jury exonerated the anesthesia assistant and found Dr. Michelow 100% responsible for the fire.
The jury also found that Dr. Michelow concealed from Lauren and her parents the true cause of the fire and as a result awarded Lauren an additional $425,000 in punitive damages against the doctor.
Margarita Karpov vs. Net Trucking
Nov 23, 2005
$15,201,645.80 in compensatory and punitive damages
Plaintiff Margarita Karpov was a passenger in a car driven by her husband Dmitry Karpov. As Dmitry slowed their car behind a number of vehicles that had stopped for a construction zone, an 18 wheel tractor trailer owned by Defendant Net Trucking, Inc. and driven by Co-defendant Stanislaw Gil, entered the construction zone at a high rate of speed and ploughed into the back of the vehicle directly behind the Karpov car. That collision set off a chain reaction crash involving several vehicles including the Kaprov’s car which was caught in the middle. Dmitry was killed at the scene while his wife, Margarita, suffered serious injuries. Dmitry was also survived by the couple’s infant child, Michael. Three people in other vehicles involved in the collision were also killed.
. Net Trucking was found liable for allowing one of its truck drivers to drive more hours than legally allowed and for knowingly permitting the driver to alter his driving log books to cover up the violation. The Net Trucking driver that caused the crash was also under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.