In what appears to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Montgomery County in three years, a jury has awarded $4.7 million to the wife of a 58-year-old man who died after developing a bacterial infection that his primary care doctor failed to diagnose.

After about three hours of deliberation Oct. 11 in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gail Weilheimer’s courtroom, a jury unanimously handed down the verdict against a single defendant, Dr. Mary Tobkin, who had been the primary care physician to plaintiff-decedent John Wilson Jr. The jury found Tobkin was 100% causally negligent for Wilson’s death from an epidural and paraspinal abscess and meningitis.

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