At Youman & Caputo, LLC, our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are
fiercely committed to assisting those whose lives have been forever changed because of medical
mistakes. With compassion, skill, and a tireless work ethic, we provide our clients with the
support and advocacy needed to navigate a confusing and challenging time and secure the
compensation needed to move forward with their lives.
If You Have Suffered Because of a Medical Mistake, You Have a Lot of Company
Not all bad medical outcomes are the result of physicians’ mistakes, but far too many are. It is
hard to believe, with the remarkable capabilities of modern medicine, that preventable medical
errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and
cancer. In 2016, Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded that medical mistakes kill
250,000 Americans every year. That is nearly 700 preventable deaths every day.
The Malpractice Experience You Need. The Personal Attention You Deserve
Given medicine’s complexities, malpractice claims require attorneys who not only understand
the law but also have the knowledge, skill, and resources to prove that patient harm resulted from
negligent care. At Youman & Caputo, we have extensive experience in medical malpractice
matters and we consult with a network of highly-credentialed medical experts to carefully
evaluate every claim that we investigate and meticulously prepare every case that we pursue.
We are relentless in the pursuit of justice for our clients, and we treat every client with the
compassion, respect, and attention that they deserve.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice law firm handles all kinds of malpractice cases including:
- Birth injuries. Mistakes made during pregnancy, labor, and delivery can cause lifelong
physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges or result in an infant’s tragic death.
- Spinal cord injuries. Surgical errors that damage the spinal cord can lead to paraplegia,
quadriplegia, or other permanent physical limitations.
- Delay in diagnosis of cancer. Early identification and treatment can be the key to
surviving cancer. Delays in diagnosis can allow cancer to progress undetected and
untreated, increasing the odds of metastatic disease and death.
- Surgical mistakes, including anesthesia errors. Surgical complications such as
unintended perforations of surrounding organs can sometimes be unavoidable, but the
failure to promptly recognize such complications allows bad situations to become much
worse – and sometimes life-threatening.
- Medication errors. Giving patients the wrong dosages of medications – or the wrong
medications altogether – can lead to serious adverse events, including permanent brain
injuries and death.
- Radiology study misreads. MRIs, CAT scans, X-rays and other diagnostic imaging
studies can provide invaluable insights into a patient’s condition, but only if those studies are interpreted and reportedly correctly and when suspicious findings are acted on
appropriately. A misread study can cause a delay in diagnosis of a condition or disease
that allows the condition to progress untreated, resulting in a much worse prognosis.
- Emergency room negligence. Emergency room physicians make decisions when time is
of the essence. Failure to timely recognize signs and symptoms of heart attacks, strokes
and other acute conditions may make the difference between life and death.
- Delay in the diagnosis of heart attacks or strokes. Early symptoms of heart attack and
stroke can be missed or mistaken for other less serious conditions, especially in women.
Timely recognition and treatment is critically important to prognosis and survival.
- Delay in diagnosis of infections. If not timely diagnosed and treated, infections can
progress and become life-threatening.
- Air embolism. Air embolism is a lethal condition caused by the improper insertion or
removal of a central venous access device. If appropriate safeguards are not taken by
medical personnel during insertion or removal of this device, an air bubble can be
introduced into an artery or vein and travel to your heart, lungs or brain, causing
respiratory failure, cardiac arrest or stroke.
- Spinal epidural abscess. This form of spinal infection requires prompt recognition and
treatmemt to avoid permanent spinal cord injury, which can be debilitating and even
- Bariatric surgery complications. Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries pose
numerous risks, and doctors who fail to account for and mitigate those risks can leave
patients with lifelong health issues.
- Blindness resulting from spinal surgery. Perioperative visual loss (POVL) following
surgery on the spine is a devastating and permanent condition that can arise as a result of
Call Youman & Caputo Today to Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Claims and Concerns
Youman & Caputo has a proven track record of success obtaining significant compensation for
victims of medical malpractice. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered an injury due
to the negligence of a physician or other health care provider, we would be glad to speak with
you. Please call Youman & Caputo at (215) 302-1999 or contact us to arrange a free consultation.
Some of the medical malpractice verdicts and settlements that Youman and Caputo have won in their careers include:
- $21.8 million Delaware County verdict
- Caputo was lead trial counsel for a man who lost his sight because of prolonged back surgery. Caputo’s verdict is one of the largest verdicts in Delaware County history and it ranked among the top 100 verdicts in any type of case in the United States in 2015.
- $19.6 million recovery in brain injury case
- $9 million recovery in brain injury case
- $8 million recovery in spinal cord injury case
- $7.5 million recovery in birth injury case
- $7 million recovery in spinal cord injury case
- $6 million recovery in birth injury case
- $5.1 million verdict in Montgomery County
- In 2014, Youman won a $5.1 million jury verdict in Montgomery County for a woman who suffered severe injuries after a medication error caused her to be injected with a concentrated decongestant instead of a local anesthetic before routine sinus surgery.
- $5 million recovery in delay of diagnosis of aneuryism case
- $4.95 million recovery in delay of diagnosis of cancer case
- $3.5 million recovery in delay in diagnosis of brain tumor case
- $3.5 million recovery in delayed diagnosis of infection case
- $1.87 million verdict in Chester County medical malpractice case
- In May 2011, Youman won a $1.87 million verdict for the estate of a woman, Koulnara Chrol, who died after an emergency room doctor failed to diagnose her symptoms as carbon monoxide poisoning. Days after her discharge from the ER she was found unconscious in her Cheltenham home, where two other people were found dead.