Nearly anyone who has visited a New Jersey hospital is likely familiar with the constant beeping of various monitoring systems for patients. From heart rates to oxygen levels, keeping a close eye on a patient's vitals helps ensure adequate and prompt care. When negligence includes these vitals being ignored, a tragedy can occur in a relatively short period of time.
A jury recently returned an award of over $8 million for a patient who suffered serious brain damage due to low blood sugar. While under the care of a medical professional, the victim's blood sugar was not properly monitored, which resulted in it dipping to dangerously low levels. As a result, she suffered a serious injury to her brain.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman by her guardian who claims that the victim now requires round-the-clock care. At only 31 years old, the victim is no longer able to maintain a job or live alone, activities that she was presumably able to do prior to her injury. She also suffered related physical damages, although it was not specified to what extent.
Cases involving negligence such as this can be especially tragic, as it was determined that adequate monitoring could have likely prevented her injury. Friends and family members of New Jersey victims who have suffered a similar fate may wonder what their loved ones' lives would be like had they received the care that they actually needed, and some may feel compelled to seek justice on their behalves. This is most often accomplished through the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim, which can provide more than just compensation for pain and suffering. Medical bills and other losses related to an injury are often eligible for compensation, including both current and future expenses.
Source: springfieldnewssun.com, "Clark County jury awards $8.3M in medical malpractice case", Tiffany Y. Latta, Jan. 23, 2015