The family of a 76-year-old man who had been litigating a medical malpractice case against the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania for five years has settled the medical malpractice claims by agreeing to accept $400,000 from the Pennsylvania hospital.
The family had previously received $552,407 from the insurance company for the motor vehicle driver who negligently collided into the rear of the man’s car while it was stopped at a stop sign.
The motor vehicle accident happened in November 2006. The injured man was brought to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center after the collision where his spinal cord injury was not properly diagnosed or timely treated, thereby leading to the man suffering paralysis and becoming a quadriplegic due to the hospital’s negligence, according to the family’s medical malpractice lawsuit. The man died two months later, in January 2007, from cardiac arrest.
The man’s estate and his family filed the medical malpractice case against the hospital in late 2008. The defendant hospital alleged in response to the medical malpractice lawsuit that the man had a pre-existing medical condition that predisposed him to being more susceptible to suffering a spinal injury as a result of minor trauma, which the hospital alleged was the cause of the man’s paralysis and quadriplegia. The hospital denied that it had been negligent or that it was responsible for the man’s paralysis. The settlement of the medical malpractice lawsuit was not accompanied by an admission of liability by the hospital.
After payment of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees that were approved by the court, the man’s wife and six children will share in the net balance from the settlement.
Who Was 76-Year-Old Albert Thomas?
Albert Thomas was born on September 28, 1930 and died on January 5, 2007. He retired from the Air Force in 1967 and then worked for 18 years at the New Cumberland Army Depot until he retired in 1996. He was a lifetime member of the Palmyra Citizen’s Fire Company and the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing and football (especially the Philadelphia Eagles).
Mr. Thomas is survived by his second wife (his first wife predeceased him), one son, five daughters, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three step-children, six step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild.
What Is The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center?
According to its website, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s history began in 1963, when The M. S. Hershey Foundation offered $50 million to The Pennsylvania State University to establish a medical school and teaching hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State University built a medical school, teaching hospital, and research center using the grant money, along with $21.3 million received from the U.S. Public Health Service. The medical school opened in 1967 and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center opened in 1970.
The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center admitted nearly 27,000 patients, provided care for over 893,000 outpatient visits, and had over 64,000 emergency-service visits at the end of June 2012. The hospital has over 9,000 employees and 400 volunteers.
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