Any time a medical procedure does not have the desired effect, individuals can feel let down. In some cases, even when everything goes right, the treatment cannot resolve the medical issue. In other instances, some patients may continue to suffer or suffer additional problems due to hospital negligence. Unfortunately, some of the damages could prove permanent.
New Jersey residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman's case involving medical malpractice. Reports stated that the woman had undergone neck surgery in 2012, and three days after the procedure was performed, she went to the emergency room because she could not breathe or swallow. She was also experiencing pain in her neck. As a result, the woman was admitted from the ER to the hospital.
Apparently, the admitting doctor did not see the woman again for approximately six and a half hours. Hospital policy requires admitting doctors to attend to a patient within two hours. The damages the woman suffered included blindness, brain damage and other negative outcomes. Her case recently came to a verdict, and she was awarded $26 million.
Permanent injuries can cause individuals to completely rethink how they will live their lives. They may have to make special accommodations or seek regular medical treatments, all of which could prove costly. If New Jersey residents have suffered due to hospital negligence or other forms of medical malpractice, they may wish to consider seeking compensation of their own. Speaking with knowledgeable attorneys could help interested parties better understand their legal options for dealing with such a predicament.
Source: ledger-enquirer.com, "Jury reaches $26 million verdict against St. Francis Hospital", Chuck Williams, Dec. 11, 2017