After suffering an injury, many New Jersey residents seek medical attention in order to gain exact diagnoses and treatment options. Often, medical professionals conduct tests in order to determine what damage has occurred. However, some staff members may conduct unnecessary exams or tests that actually make a person's injury worse, and in such cases, a patient may have reason to file a claim for hospital negligence.
Recent reports stated that a man in another state gained a monetary award for this type of case. Apparently, the man had suffered a back injury in 2014 while carrying out duties associated with his job. During his examination, medical staff members required the man to move in various ways. However, these movements caused the man's injury to worsen, and as a result, he became paralyzed from the waist down.
The man believed that the hospital was negligent as the staff members did not properly assess his symptoms before conducting the tests. The man filed a lawsuit against the hospital where he sought treatment, and the court recently ruled in his favor. As a result, he was awarded nearly $8 million.
When seeking medical attention makes an injury worse, patients may hardly believe the outcomes. Unfortunately, as this case shows, hospital negligence could easily lead individuals to suffer tremendously. If New Jersey patients have suffered due to this type of negligence or other medical error, they may wish to determine whether taking legal action could suit their needs. Obtaining evaluations of their cases from experienced attorneys could help them make more informed decisions regarding this option.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Man Awarded $7.9M in Medical Negligence Case", May 3, 2018