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2 NTL members secure $68M verdict for family of CA man left in coma

The National Trial Lawyers members Ricardo Echeverria and Steven A. Heimberg have secured what may be the largest verdict ever reached in Fresno (California) Superior Court: a total of $68 million to the family of a 76-year-old man left in a vegetative coma because of the medical negligence of heart surgeon Pervaiz Chaudry, according to The Fresno Bee:

In Chaudhry's trial, the jury award follows its ruling on March 1 that he was negligent for leaving the operating room and ordering his physician assistant, Bella Albakova — who happened to be his girlfriend at the time — to close the chest of 70-year-old Silvino Perez, a retired farm and packinghouse worker from Sanger.


While Chaudhry was headed to a business luncheon in northeast Fresno after the surgery in April 2012, Perez lost so much blood that his brain was starved of oxygen, causing him to go into a coma.


The Fresno Bee reports that Chaudry is now back in his native country of Pakistan. Read the complete report here.

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