Originally written by Alan Holcomb of Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine, PC
On October 11, 2019, an Alabama jury returned a $9 million verdict for the family of Hope Johnson in a wrongful death medical malpractice case. This verdict breaks records for Lee County, Alabama.
Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine, PC partner and founder, Brett Turnbull, was the lead trial attorney on the case. The case involved allegations that Ms. Johnson visited an urgent care in 2014 after experiencing chest pains, difficulty breathing, and a cough. Hope was given an antibiotic and sent away. She returned to the facility two days later, and was seen by a new physician who did not yet have access to the facility’s medical records. Ms. Johnson’s vital signs were alarmingly abnormal, which should have alerted the physician to transfer Ms. Johnson emergently to the hospital. Ms. Johnson was instead given an inhaler and sent home. Ms. Johnson tragically passed away the next day as a result of a blood clot in her lungs.
“Hope’s death is tragic because it was entirely preventable. We don’t know the exact number of patients seen that day, but it was too many,” according to Turnbull. “Patient well-being, not profits, should be the primary goal of healthcare.”
Watch Episode 19 of Trial Lawyer View Podcast featuring Brett Turnbull here.