$514,000 Jury Verdict Entered in Wrongful Death for Failure to Diagnose Internal Bleeding

Paul Bartholomew, 73, had a history of prostate cancer and placement of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to protect him from blood clots. Ten years after receiving the IVC filter, he reported he had blood in his urine. When he saw his family physician, Dr. Ina Itzkovitz, she prescribed an antibiotic and ordered testing to rule out cancer.

Bartholomew returned to Dr. Itzkovitz complaining of the new onset of low back pain, bilateral leg stiffness, fatigue and low blood pressure. Dr. Itzkovitz ordered an X-ray, diagnosed arthritis and prescribed pain medication.

Just two days later, he died. The cause of death was determined to be internal bleeding caused by a damaged IVC vein which came on by an eroded IVC filter. In the lawsuit that was filed, the doctor was alleged to have misdiagnosed those symptoms. Bartholomew was survived by his four adult children.

One of Bartholomew’s sons brought this lawsuit on behalf of his estate and sued Dr. Itzkovitz claiming failure to timely diagnose and treat internal bleeding.

After a trial, the jury awarded $500,000. There was an additional $14,000 in expenses, which brought the verdict up to $514,000 for the wrongful death.

The attorney representing the Bartholomew family was Pasquale V. Vairo.

Bartholomew v. Itzkovitz, No. 102272/10 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York County, Feb. 11, 2015).

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