Medical Malpractice Case Results

Medical Malpractice Case Results

At Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, our Birmingham attorneys regularly represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic, often fatal injuries from the negligence of a hospital, physician, nurse practitioner, or other health care provider.

Below are several examples of our recoveries on behalf of the injured.


Joann Smith as administratrix of the Estate of Michael Paul Smith v. Montclair Orthopedic Surgeons; Esaote; and Lunar Corporation, et al. (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama)

  • $7 Million Verdict, Later Settled Confidentially

Michael Paul Smith presented to an orthopedic surgeon for a knot on his thigh. An MRI was performed on the thigh and Mr. Smith was told not to worry about it. Almost two years later, the knot was diagnosed as a malignant tumor. Mr. Smith died as a result of the tumor. It was alleged that the physician failed to pursue a diagnosis of the knot. During trial, a confidential settlement agreement was reached with the product manufacturer and distributor. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the physician’s practice and awarded $7 million. The case was later settled pursuant to a confidential agreement.

Estate of Arthur Perryman v. SafetyNet Academy (Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama)

  • $3.5 Million Verdict

Arthur Perryman was an 18-year old resident of this treatment and educational facility for boys with psychiatric problems.  It was alleged that Arthur became ill and that the Academy personnel failed to get Arthur medical treatment in a timely manner and that this failure resulted in his death.

A wrongful death case was filed on behalf of the Estate of Arthur Perryman and in January of 2011, the case was tried to a verdict and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Estate and against the Defendant Academy and awarded $3.5 million.

Douglas Morguson v. DCH, et al. (Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama)

  • Confidential Settlement

It was alleged that during open-heart surgery, the perfusionist (operator of the heart/lung machine) installed a tube backwards. As a result, an air bubble was allowed to flow into Mr. Morguson’s brain. Mr. Morguson died as a result.  The case was settled pursuant to a confidentiality agreement.

Facts About Our Firm

  • Firm founding: 1986
  • Nationwide representation:

    We have represented individuals in all 50 states

  • Recovered over $820 million on behalf of our clients

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