Medical malpractice case settled for $6 million

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MERCER – A judge on Wednesday approved a $6 million settlement in a medical malpractice case.

Leigh A. Isaacs initiated the action in response to the death of her husband, Harold D. Isaacs Jr. of New Wilmington, who died at age 41 on June 21, 2013.

A notice of intent to sue was filed June 19, 2015, in Mercer County Common Pleas Court against Dr. Joseph J. Wizorek, UPMC Horizon in Greenville and University of Pittsburgh Physicians, but the parties reached the settlement in May without a formal complaint being filed.

According to a petition filed by Isaac’s attorney, Neil R. Rosen of Pittsburgh, Harold Isaacs was involved in a minor traffic crash. A CT scan of his chest revealed a “small, asymptomatic mass” in connecting tissue. Harold Isaacs was referred to Wizorek, who recommended surgery to remove the mass.

Surgery was performed June 20, 2013, but Isaacs died the next day of multi-system organ failure.

Rosen said he obtained an expert opinion that there “numerous deviations from the standard of care” in Harold Isaacs’ case, and initiated the wrongful death claim.

Of the settlement, $2.4 million will go to Leigh Isaacs and $1.2 million each will go to Harold Isaacs’ minor children. Rosen will receive $400,000.

Judge Christopher J. St. John approved the settlement. Read full article, click here.