Daytona Beach, FL – The family of a 39-year-old woman who died in a shocking case of medical malpractice has been awarded the largest wrongful death settlement ever recorded in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. The six-member jury reached its verdict for the family of Laura Staib after a two-week trial in the medical malpractice case against cardiologist Roy Venzon and the Daytona Heart Group, awarding $6.46 million in damages to the plaintiffs.
Laura Staib, an otherwise healthy and fit stay-at-home mother of two, fell ill in March 2016. She was seen by cardiologist Roy Venzon at what was then the Florida Hospital DeLand. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and sepsis and transferred to a long-term care facility where she died four days later.
It took the family years to prove that the woman was misdiagnosed. While Dr. Venzon was convinced that her heart problems were caused by pneumonia, the truth was Laura Staib had viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by a virus. Unfortunately, the woman was not treated for the viral myocarditis and passed away.
According to the family’s lawyers, it was a shocking case of negligence on the part of the medical team. “When you have what is an otherwise healthy 39-year-old woman you need to do everything possible to figure out why,” the lawyers said in a press release.
How can you sue a doctor in Florida?
Medical malpractice laws vary from state to state. Under Florida’s Malpractice Act, you must prove that a medical professional did not provide adequate care to you or your loved one. If you were injured or you lost someone in a medical malpractice case, you must reach out to a seasoned Daytona Beach personal injury or wrongful death lawyer. To prove it was a case of malpractice, your lawyers will have to bring in a reputable professional working in the same field. In the above-mentioned case, where the defendant was a cardiologist, the legal team had to produce the testimony of another cardiologist.
At the same time, in such a lawsuit your lawyers will have to show there was a direct link between the medical professional’s negligence or mistake and the unfortunate outcome, injury or death.
What constitutes medical malpractice in Florida?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse, hospital pharmacist, or some other member of the medical team. You may also target the hospital or even the local authorities supervising the activity of the medical center.
Here are the most common types of medical malpractice:
- Misdiagnosed or undiagnosed condition
- Medication error
- Birth injury
- Surgery error
- Anesthesia incorrectly administered
- Contracting a disease (virus, bacteria, etc) during your hospital stay
- Improper treatment of a medical condition
- Faulty medical equipment
- Emergency room errors
- Dental malpractice
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Florida is two years, but this period can be extended to four years if the injury couldn’t be discovered earlier.
If you were recently injured through medical malpractice in the Daytona Beach area, schedule a free consultation with a trustworthy personal injury lawyer at the Pappas & Russell law firm.
Pappas & Russell
Phone: (386) 254-2941
Fax: (386) 238-0350
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
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