Lou La Cava and David Young Obtain a Defense Verdict In a Wrongful Death Case

David P. YoungLouis J. La Cava

Lou La Cava and David Young obtained a defense verdict for a physician assistant and emergency medicine physician in a wrongful death case in Manatee County. The Plaintiff alleged the physician assistant was negligent for not diagnosing meningitis in a 20 year old who presented with headache, fever, nausea and body aches. A diagnosis of viral syndrome was made and the patent was discharged home. The next day the patient was found unresponsive and he passed away a day later. Final diagnosis on autopsy was sepsis and meningitis. There was no testing performed in the emergency room. The physician was not consulted during the patient’s emergency room visit but later reviewed the record and agreed with the plan of care. The defense argued that an appropriate history and physical was performed in the emergency room which did not demonstrate meningitis. Further, the patient did have a viral illness while in the emergency room and he developed the bacterial infection after he left. After a 9 day case and just less than 4 hours of deliberation the jury returned a verdict finding both health care providers not negligent.

First District Court of Appeal Florida

Jason Azzarone Was Successful in Arguing to The First District Court of Appeal

Jason M. AzzaroneJason Azzarone was successful in arguing to the First District Court of Appeal that the Trial Court was correct in dismissing the Plaintiff’s Complaint in a medical malpractice action brought against a hospital for the actions of its nursing staff. Mr. Azzarone argued that the Trial Court’s dismissal was proper because the Plaintiff’s pre-suit expert, and out of state physician, was statutorily unqualified to render opinions regarding the actions of the nurses. As the Plaintiff was time barred from curing this defect, the matter was dismissed with prejudice. The First District Court of Appeal entered a Per Curium Affirmance.

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We have a tradition in our firm of emphasizing community service. Our employees and our firm have made a  commitment to help support those  who need assistance. Each year during the holidays, our firm makes a monetary donation to a charity in each city where we have an office.  Our employees supplement that donation with their own monetary or  food donations. We remain committed to support the communities throughout the state of Florida where we practice. We thank our employees and our clients for putting us in a position to help whenever we can.


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