Medical Malpractice Attorneys Recognize Loss of Life’s Pleasures

In a recent trend, some courts across the United States of America have begun recognizing “hedonic damages.” Hedonic damages refer to a plaintiff’s loss of the ability to engage in activities that he or she enjoys. Traditionally, there could be no award and recovery for the loss of life’s pleasures but in some states, this trend is coming to an end. As of 2006, the supreme courts of Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming have all allowed medical malpractice attorneys to make separate claims for these types of damages.

The Importance of Doing What You Love

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys hedonic damages loss life pleasuresLawyers believe that hedonic damages should be recognized in all states because the victims of some incidents of medical malpractice will no longer be able to engage in these behaviors. Imagine the case of an avid swimmer who, because of medical malpractice, could no longer kick her feet. Another example would be the golfer who, because of medical negligence, experienced stiffness in his arms and could no longer swing his clubs.

Medical malpractice has a broad range of effects on victims and courts should not be slow to recognize that the loss of ability to engage in activities could be some of the most tragic losses to the patients. Many people see medical malpractice as a single incident and believe that a patient should be compensated only for the doctor’s negligence. This near-sighted approach fails to recognize that because a doctor did not live up to the standard of care, the patient’s entire life is now altered, potentially forever.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a family member have recently been the victim of medical negligence, it is possible that you would like to speak with our professionals. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Medical Malpractice in Lackawanna County, PA

As a result of medical malpractice, a Lackawanna County, PA jury awarded a Dunmore woman $1.88 million for the cancer misdiagnosis that led to the death of her husband, 60 year old Terrence Golden.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers fight Medical Negligence

Christine Golden, wife of Terrence Golden, sued Milan J. Smolko, a urologist, Lillian Longendorfer, a pathologist, and Wayne Memorial Hospital, for failure to diagnose her husband’s bladder cancer for over a year.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers large verdict lackawannaLongendorfer and the hospital reached a private and confidential settlement with Mrs. Golden before the trial. Dr. Smolko and his attorney are appealing the $1.88 million jury verdict.

Smolko saw Mr. Golden multiple times between September ’02 and June ’04. Mr. Golden was complaining of urinary problems, and Smolko diagnosed him with an enlarged prostate gland. In 2003, Smolko ordered a bladder biopsy and sent the results to Longendorfer at Wayne Memorial. She too failed to diagnose the cancer.

In 2004, Golden’s cancer was diagnosed by a different doctor, but the damage done at that point led to the removal of Golden’s prostate, bladder, and portions of his urethra. Sixty-year old Terrance Golden died in January, 2008, after doctors told him there was no longer anything they could do to treat his cancer.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Support Justice

Had Mr. Golden’s cancer been properly diagnosed in it’s early stages, there is a good chance he’d be alive today. Mr. Golden and his wife endured much pain in the time he spent suffering from cancer. Additionally, Mrs. Golden has now the lost not only the companionship of her husband, but all that he provided for her as well.

Mrs. Golden’s attorney, James E. Foerstner, commented on the outcome of the case:

Her husband was vindicated, but it doesn’t bring him back.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered due to the medical negligence of a physician, specialist, or hospital, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The experienced and skilled medical malpractice attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are prepared to handle your case and earn you the full and fair compensation you deserve.
You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.