When a person goes to the hospital in Philadelphia for treatment, he almost certainly does not expect to leave with worse injuries than when he went in. However, for one man, this is exactly what happened.
The man was involved in a car accident in 2004 where he was seriously injured. During the accident, arteries in his arm were cut, causing him to bleed. Although he was taken to the hospital in order for surgery to be performed to stop the bleeding, an orthopedic surgeon ordered a CAT scan to be performed on his knee, which was also injured in the crash, prior to the surgery. This delay caused the man to go into cardiac and respiratory arrest.
The cardiac arrest caused the manâ€™s blood pressure and pulse to drop to zero, effectively cutting off blood supply to his body for an estimated 8 to 27 minutes. This caused permanent damage to the manâ€™s spinal cord which left him paralyzed from just above the waist down.
The man and his wife filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the orthopedic surgeon and the hospital as a result of the paralysis. They were recently awarded a confidential settlement from the hospital. In their lawsuit against the doctor, the man was awarded $2.3 million while his wife, who is his only caregiver, will receive $550,000.
This couple suffered immeasurably at the hands of this negligent surgeon. They did the right thing by retaining a lawyer and fighting for their right to compensation for their medical bills and the pain and suffering that they were forced to endure.
Source: Myrtle Beach Online, â€œJury awards $2.85 million in Myrtle Beach area medical malpractice lawsuit,â€ David Wren, Sep. 17, 2013