Clifton Heights woman believes physician performed unnecessary hip surgeries on her

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2017

MEDIA – A woman has initiated legal action versus her physician and the Rothman Institute, believing they were collectively negligent in performing two unnecessary hip surgeries on her in 2015.

Theresa DiMario of Clifton Heights filed suit on Jan. 17 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, against both Dr. Eric Levicoff and the Rothman Institute, both of Newtown Square.

In the spring and fall of 2014, DiMario was evaluated for low back pain by her family physician Dr. Mary DeCaro, and then sought medical assistance from defendant Levicoff (employed by co-defendant Rothman Institute). After several months of treatment and observation, Levicoff performed a right total hip arthroplasty on DiMario on Feb. 20, 2015.

When DiMario’s post-operative pain continued, and after a number of subsequent x-rays, arthrograms and MRI’s, hip revision surgery took place on Oct. 27, 2015. However, DiMario said her pain persisted still, and again returned to Levicoff two-and-a-half months later for further medical treatment.

“Plaintiff returned to Dr. Levicoff on Jan. 13, 2016, complaining of the exact symptoms she had before the revision surgery and the initial hip replacement surgery. Dr. Levicoff noted that he had concerns that the symptoms were not coming from the hip, as they were essentially unchanged despite two major hip surgeries, and informed plaintiff that the pain could be coming from her lumbar spine. Plaintiff continues to have ongoing pain, difficulty and severe scarring,” the suit says.

DiMario claims the defendants failed to properly diagnose her condition and performed the hip surgeries based on those mistakes, which she says led her to suffer extended pain and suffering, serious pain and injury, large medical bills, mental anguish and upset.

For charges of negligence, vicarious liability, ostensible agency and corporate liability, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000 and the arbitration limits of the court, with all compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s costs and other relief.

The plaintiff is represented by Thomas F. Sacchetta and Bruce H. MacKnight Jr. of Sacchetta & Baldino, in Media.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas case 2017-000554

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