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Pennsylvania Jury Awards $2.3 Million to Fayette County Woman in Medical Malpractice Case

A jury of 8 people in the Western District of Pennsylvania award a Fayette County woman $2,300,000 in pain and suffering for a medical malpractice case. Attorneys Thomas Crenney, James Tallman and Alicia Nocera of Thomas E. Crenney and Associates, LLC handled the case on behalf of the plaintiff, Vita Monestersky and against the Uniontown Hospital. The woman had to have an emergency total abdominal hysterectomy at age 18.

Pittsburgh, PA(PRWEB) November 8, 2009 -- At approximately 2:00 p.m. eight jurors returned a unanimous verdict for the Plaintiff, Vita Monestersky and against the Uniontown Hospital in the amount of $2,300,000.00. No special damages for medical bills or lost wages were in the case. The verdict was entirely for pain & suffering caused by a total abdominal hysterectomy at the age of 18. Ms. Monestersky went in to Uniontown Hospital on October 28, 2004 for induction of labor for her second child. She successfully delivered the child on the October 28th. A routine H&H blood test was ordered by her treating OB/GYN. The laboratory at Uniontown Hospital received a panic white blood count from that test. The Plaintiff claimed that the information regarding the panic white blood count was never given to the treating physician and Ms. Monestersky was discharged on the 29th.

Six days later Ms. Monestersky returned to the hospital with a serious infection and would require a complete abdominal hysterectomy on November 11, 2004 at Magee Women’s Hospital. Plaintiff’s counsel, Thomas Crenny argued that the panic white blood count was a sign of a Strep A infection. Attorney Crenney also argued that the Defendant was negligent because they lacked the proper policies and procedures to provide the test results to the treating physician. The treating physician testified that had he received the panic white blood count it would have altered his treatment of the Plaintiff. Medical malpractice attorney Thomas E. Crenney also argued that the hospital was negligent when the information was not properly documented in the Plaintiff’s medical record. The Defense argued that the panic white blood count was not significant and in fact elevated white blood counts were routine after a mother gives birth. The defense also argued that their negligence was not the cause of Plaintiff’s damages. The case was tried in Federal Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer from Monday, November 2, 2009 through Friday, November 6, 2009.

Civil Action No. 08-383
The Western District of Pennsylvania

Plaintiff’s Counsel –       
Thomas E. Crenney, Esquire
James T. Tallman, Esquire
Alicia R. Nocera, Esquire
Thomas E. Crenney & Associates, LLC.

One Gateway Center, 18th Floor West
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-644-5581 (fax)
tecrenney (at) crenney (dot) com (e-mail) (website)

Defense Counsel -      
Thomas B. Anderson, Esquire
Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C.

Two Chatham Center, Tenth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


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