Canceled HIV Test Leads To Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, $18.5 Million Award.

Medical testing has become the foundation of diagnoses, as doctors are able to analyze results to determine what, if any, medication is necessary to treat a particular illness. However, sometimes the test that was not administered can be just as consequential as the test that was. Just as catching something via a medical test can save a life, failing to catch something by omitting a test can also be fatal. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert wrongful death attorney at 617-787-3700.

Boston resident Sean Stentiford, a paramedic and gay, began experiencing facial paralysis in 2007. Concerned, he went to the hospital for testing. However, internist Stephen Southard and neurologist Kinan Hreib, the targets of the lawsuit, apparently decided not to test for HIV, as they deemed Stentiford to be very low-risk. Unfortunately, Stentiford was indeed HIV positive, and the virus eventually progressed into AIDS.

According to the suit, the doctors were negligent in the course of their evaluation because:(1) Stentiford’s position as a paramedic regularly exposed him to bodily fluids; and (2) as a homosexual, Stentiford has a statistically higher risk of getting HIV and eventually developing AIDS. After a jury trial, Stentiford was awarded $18.5 million. Stentiford was represented by attorney David Angueria, of Swartz & Swart P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert medical malpractice attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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