D.L. v Regents – May 19, 2022
V&R Obtains Million Dollar Verdict in Long Beach Jury Trial
V&R successfully represented plaintiff, 13-year-old D.L., in a case of Medical Malpractice. Regents offered a waiver of any malicious prosecution action and a waiver of costs, but never offered any money to settle. The jury awarded the exact amount requested by V&R during closing arguments – $1,011,000.
V&R successfully argued that Defendant negligently failed to reconcile the findings of the Resident doctor’s physical examination with an inconsistent ultrasound report. Plaintiff checked into urgent care on Oct. 17, 2018, after experiencing pain in his left testicle. Plaintiff received a physical examination the same day from the Resident doctor at the emergency room of UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. The doctor’s findings indicated that the left testicle was painful, swollen, and high riding, however, an additional exam was performed by a Doppler ultrasound which purportedly showed normal blood flow, leading to an incorrect diagnosis dictating that the condition would resolve itself without need for surgical intervention. Plaintiff returned to an emergency room 5 days later because of this misdiagnosis. Another medical examination was then performed which found Plaintiff’s left testicle to have atrophied, and surgery excurred to remove and replace the testicle with a prosthetic. V&R retained renowned expert Urologist, Milton Krisiloff. Dr. Krisiloff was previously the personal urologist of former President Ronald Reagan, was able to explain to the jury precisely what happened. See Exhibit used at trial. After the trial, one juror remarked “If Doctor Krisiloff had been the treating doctor for the initial examination, this never would have happened.”