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Stroke victim settles lawsuit

The doctors in the malpractice case also settle a lawsuit against their lawyers.

By COLLEEN JENKINS
Published March 14, 2007


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TAMPA - Allan Navarro won his record-breaking $217-million malpractice jury award last fall after four years of litigation.

His attorneys braced for another fight to collect the money.

But a confidential settlement was reached over the weekend with the 50-year-old man left permanently disabled by a misdiagnosed stroke.

"After years of fighting for justice, the (Navarro) family has achieved complete and total resolution that vindicates their fight," said Steve Yerrid, Navarro's chief trial attorney.

The settlement also affects other litigation from the case: The losing doctors who sued their lawyers have agreed to settle as well.

Navarro's legal journey began with a trip to the University Community Hospital Carrollwood emergency room on Aug. 9, 2000, where his symptoms were diagnosed as sinusitis.

The doctors sued by Navarro appealed the verdict. They also filed suit March 2 against their attorneys. The settlement reached after mediation resolved all outstanding claims.

Yerrid refused to disclose settlement terms. "I can assure you they got justice, a large measure of justice," he said Tuesday.

[Last modified March 14, 2007, 00:56:19]


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