December 16, 2013

NEW PORT RICHEY — A jury awarded more than $13 million to a Pasco man in a negligence lawsuit over a misdiagnosis of pink eye. Arcadio Hernandez, 21, went to the emergency room at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital on July 10, 2010, complaining about pain on or around his eye. He was seen by the nursing staff and a physician's assistant, Bethany Berghoffer, who diagnosed him with a form of conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye. A supervising doctor named Helene Harper never examined Hernandez, but signed off on Berghoffer's diagnosis. They gave him a prescription for antibiotics and sent him on his way. That November, an aneurysm in his head burst, a...

December 13, 2013

More than two years after state troopers say he killed five people in a gruesome drunk-driving wreck on Interstate 95 in North Miami-Dade, Carlos Lacayo remains a fugitive.

But that didn’t stop a civil jury this week from awarding over $15 million in damages to the parents of one of the victims.

“He couldn’t run away from the civil justice system,” said lawyer Edward Blumberg, who is representing the family of victim Emerson Kastenholz.

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