Hartley & O'Brien attorney Mark R. Staun and co-counsel Kathryn
R. Bayless of Princeton, West Virginia obtained a $2,222,847.87 verdict
against Orthopedic Surgeon Walid Azzo, M.D. in the Circuit Court of Mercer
Counter, West Virginia. The injured victim, Willie Havens, was treated
with a short leg cast by Dr. Azzo for a simple non-displaced fracture
of his 5th metatarsal, a bone of the foot.
When Mr. Havens retuned to Dr. Azzo's office for a follow-up appointment,
he complained of severe pain and swelling of his leg and calf while in
the cast. Dr. Azzo removed the cast and told Mr. Havens that his pain
was from a "Charlie-horse" and that he was not to worry. Mr.
Havens ended up having a large and extensive Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT),
a blood clot in his leg. After the DVT was finally discovered, Mr. Havens
received treatment and thereafter suffered from Post Thrombotic Syndrome
(PTS), a condition where the valves in his deep leg veins were destroyed
by the clot. Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) is a painful condition that
causes the leg to swell because blood pools in the leg.
The jury awarded Mr. Havens his medical expenses and lost wages totalizing
$222,847.87 and pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages
of $2,000,000.00. Hartley & O'Brien continues to serve the needs
of victims of medical negligence throughout West Virginia. Call the experienced
attorneys at Hartley & O'Brien to discuss your care and treatment
if you or a loved one have been the victim of medical negligence or carelessness.