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New York Law Journal Releases Top Medical Malpractice Case for 2012: NY Supreme Court Awards $8.6 Million to Plaintiff after Doctor's Misdiagnosis Led to Personal Injury
Date:5/23/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

A medical malpractice case which was filed in the New York Supreme Court (reference number 110504/2009) by Lori Mandel, an office manager in her 50’s, ended in a verdict awarding Ms. Mandel $8.6 million. Ms. Mandel sought the medical expertise of an otolaryngologist whose alleged misdiagnosis led to further complications that affected the quality of her life and her ability to perform her work.

The plaintiff alleged that her doctor rendered conservative treatment for 2 years, focusing on merely relieving the effects of her condition. According to court documents, she had been complaining about long standing symptoms such as headaches and vertigo, which her physician diagnosed to be a result of otosclerosis: abnormal growth of bone in the middle region of an ear. Another doctor consequently diagnosed Ms. Mandel to have an infection of the pituitary gland which was caused by her chronic sinusitis, an inflammation caused by an infection of the sinus.

The plaintiff alleged that the infection was a chronic condition that the previous physician ignored. According to allegations in the lawsuit, although the doctor knew the patient was suffering from chronic sinusitis, he never considered this to be the cause of Ms. Mandel’s headaches and vertigo. According to the plaintiff’s counsel, Atty. Howard G. Frederick, a partner at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., a prompt administration of antibiotics and a referral to a specialist may have resolved the patient’s infection.

This alleged medical oversight has adversely affected the health condition of the plaintiff, whose chronic sinusiti
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