Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs Attorneys
Russ Briggs and
Greg Fibich have secured a $6.6 million dollar jury verdict on behalf of a client
who suffered permanent medical issues after two doctors were found liable
for failing to diagnose and treat a blood clot that developed after a
surgical procedure. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of our firm’s
client, who was 23 years old at the time of her initial surgery, against
two doctors who treated the client at Methodist Willowbrook hospital.
Prior to trial, the claim against the treating hematologist was confidentially settled.
Following several days of testimony and deliberations, the Harris County
jury found the treating surgeon, Dr. Ziad Amr, and radiologist, Dr. Andre
Arash Lighvani, were both negligent in failing to properly identify and
treat the patient’s portal vein thrombosis, a blood clot affecting
the vein which transports blood from the intestines to the liver. The
clot had developed after she underwent a surgical procedure in March of
2012 to remove her spleen and treat her anemic disorder, and was not discovered
until mid-April, despite an extended hospital stay due to stomach pain
and fever following the surgery, a CT scan performed by the physicians,
and several visits to the emergency room.
While present during the entire trial, the client was not able to attend
court on the day when the jury read their verdict, as she was hospitalized
to remove excess fluid from her lungs and abdomen, a side effect of portal
As a result of the physicians’ negligence and substandard care, our
client still has the blood clot today and suffers from many lasting medical
issues that will require treatment for the rest of her life. She was also
forced to temporarily drop out of nursing school, delaying her career,
and her medical condition now prevents her from working full-time.
The verdict was a significant victory that highlights the importance of
holding negligent medical professionals accountable for preventable injuries
and lasting consequences that result from substandard care. The verdict
is thought to be one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Houston,
Harris County against individual physicians, and is indicative of the
strength of this firm in all areas in which people are seriously injured for life.