Most people are lucky enough to never have to deal with a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, there are thousands of these filed in courts throughout the United States every year. In some instances, the victim was injured. In other instances, the victim ended up dying as the result of poor care.
Our Maryland readers can get a better idea of how serious and widespread medical malpractice cases can be by taking a closer look at two settlements recently approved in the state of Iowa.
On Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, the State Appeal Board took the steps in approving two settlements. This included a $1.5 million award in a suit against the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
In this lawsuit, the state agreed to pay $750,000 from a general fund to settle the lawsuit which claimed that a failed diagnose led to a woman losing both sets of toes.
At the same time, the board also approved a $25,000 settlement with a former tenant of housing owned by the University of Iowa. He claimed that the home contained mold and that it was not fit for people to reside in the property. As a result, he suffered personal injuries.
From errors in hospitals to unqualified doctors to medication mishaps, there are many things that fit under the medical malpractice umbrella. With so many people seeking care on a daily basis, it is only natural for mistakes to happen in medical establishments throughout the country. Anybody who has been a victim of medical malpractice should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: Quad-City Times, “Iowa board approves lawsuit settlements” No author given, Dec. 02, 2013