Attorney Robert Higgins Obtains $28.8 Million Verdict in Blood Clot Misdiagnosis Resulting in Amputation

March 24, 2023

BOSTON, MA — Breaking Legal News Alert — Medical malpractice attorney Robert Higgins of Lubin & Meyer obtained a record-setting $28.8 million verdict, including interest, for an amputee whose blood clot was misdiagnosed twice as sciatica by Lowell General Hospital Emergency Department personnel. The award is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Massachusetts for 2023 according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly data. 

The Middlesex Superior Court jury in Lowell, deliberated for 9 1/2 hours over two days, before award was ordered on Friday, March 24, 2023. The jury's $20 million verdict consisted of $10 million for the victim's pain and suffering, and $10 million to compensate for lifetime loss of his leg.

In the Boston Globe article covering the decision, Higgins said his client's "leg could have been saved if medical staff at Lowell General Hospital had order an ultrasound during either of his visits to the emergency department." 

Related news coverage: 

The Boston Globe
March 27, 2023
Jury awards $20 million to man who lost a leg after hospital missed blood clot
The patient twice went to Lowell General complaining of pain, but his blood clot was misdiagnosed as sciatica

Jury verdict

The jury deliberated for 9½ hours over two days before returning the verdict of $28.8 million including interest.

Lubin & Meyer attorneys Robert M. Higgins represented the plaintiff at trial.

Medical Malpractice Case Summary

By Attorney Robert Higgins
Middlesex Superior Court, Lowell, Massachusetts

See trial lawyer's report: 
$28.8M Verdict: Blood Clot Misdiagnosed as Sciatica Leads to Amputation of Leg

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