In cases where medical staff do not act in the best interests of the patient, negative impacts can occur. Often, when the standards of care are not followed, patients may have reason to pursue legal action for resulting damages. This type of situation can go on for some time, but in the end, the results may be worth the effort.
New Jersey residents may be interested in such a case in another state that recently went through an appeal. Reports stated that the situation began in 2013 when a woman was admitted to the hospital for a septic infection. While there, a nurse failed to follow the standards of care and incorrectly removed a catheter from the woman's neck. As a result, the woman suffered a stroke, which led to her being paralyzed on her left side. The family filed suit in 2015 and were awarded $3.85 million.
While the hospital did admit liability and believed that the patient was entitled to restitution, they filed an appeal to the jury's decision. They believed that legal issues during the case resulted in the woman's being awarded too much compensation. However, the appeal resulted in the court upholding the initial ruling and the amount of compensation awarded.
When medical staff breach the standards of care, serious damage can result, as this case shows. If New Jersey patients have suffered due to the negligent actions of hospital staff members, they may want to consider their legal actions as well. Medical mistakes can sometimes lead to serious or even permanent injuries, and individuals may have cause to pursue compensation.