Many individuals may fear that going to visit a doctor may make them worse off than they were before. Though this fear is often misplaced, there are some instances in which patients could suffer additional illness or injury due to the actions of doctors, nurses or other staff. Hospital negligence could cause serious issues, and a patient's life could be substantially impacted.
New Jersey residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman who suffered in such an incident. Reports stated that the woman was given an epidural steroid injection that contained the drug kenalog. However, makers of that drug included a warning stating that it should not be used for epidurals. The patient and her husband did not know about the epidural warning on the drug.
After the injection, the woman suffered a spinal cord infarction. The blockage caused her to become paralyzed from the waist down, and she now requires constant care. As a result, the woman filed a lawsuit against the hospital. The jury on the case recently awarded her $14.9 million in compensation. The family likely hopes that this amount will allow the woman to better adjust to and accommodate her condition.
When hospital negligence has such serious outcomes, a person's entire life can be permanently changed. As this case shows, such events may warrant lawsuits in hopes of gaining much-needed compensation. New Jersey residents facing similar circumstances may wish to speak with experienced attorneys to determine what options they have for potentially taking legal action of their own.
Source: kdvr.com, "Paralyzed Castle Rock woman receives $14.9 million in lawsuit against surgery center", Joe Dahlke, April 6, 2017