Nobody asks to be involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit, however, some people find themselves in this very difficult situation. Our Maryland readers may be familiar with the story of a New York public safety dispatcher who broke his ankle almost 10 years ago, resulting in a lawsuit due to several surgeries and the eventual amputation of his entire leg.
Despite the fact that the man suffered the injury 10 years ago, the legal process has just now come to an end. A jury has awarded him $9.1 million, which includes $2 million for past pain and suffering, as well as $4 million for future pain and suffering. On top of this, he was awarded $2.8 million for past and future medical bills as well as lost wages.
After a jury trial, the verdict was returned in favor of the man and against a doctor who treated him for five years. Approximately one year after the injury, the man began to see a new doctor, who eventually amputated his leg in July 2009. Even then, an infection set in, which led to the rest of his leg, above the knee, being amputated.
The trial lasted 15 days, but when everything was said and done the man came out on top and was awarded more than $9 million.
From errors in hospitals to inexperienced doctors, mistakes can happen in the medical field which lead to serious injury or even the death of the patient. With the assistance of an attorney, the victim can often receive highly deserved compensation for injuries.