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Surgery gone wrong blamed for victim's permanent injury

For many New Jersey workers who are passionate about what they do, their careers are an integral aspect of who they are. Sadly, a man in a nearby state claims that he lost the ability to really do what he loves after a misdiagnosis resulted in a devastating surgery gone wrong. After making his case in front a jury, he was awarded over $4 million in compensation.

The ordeal began back in 2008, when the man was scratched by a cat and infected with Bartonellosis -- a bacterial infection. The infection led the man to suspect that he might have a swollen lymph node, and he sought treatment from a local area doctor. The doctor examined the patient, and then scheduled surgery to schedule what turned out to be an unnecessary procedure. One expert pointed out said that a bit of simple and straightforward testing would have revealed the real diagnosis, but the doctor apparently never ordered any type of test, blood or otherwise.

While under the knife, the man suffered serious injuries to his spinal accessory nerve, rendering his left shoulder mostly useless. Now unable to extend or lift his left arm, he has been isolated to tasks that only utilize his right arm. For a man that spent his life as a physical laborer working with wood products and lumber, the sudden inability to perform his job as he once did has no doubt taken a serious psychological toll.

Much of the focus of medical malpractice tends to lay with the lingering physical impact, but it is important to remember the victims also tend to undergo intense emotional and psychological ramifications. These types of damages are usually cited alongside one another in a medical malpractice suit. When New Jersey juries award a victim compensation for a surgery gone wrong, they often taken into account both the physical and emotional impact that he or she has undergone.

Source:, "Wallingford man gets $4.2 million in medical malpractice case", Luther Turmelle, July 1, 2015

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