Though it did not happen in the state of New York, a recent lawsuit ended with a jury finding a doctor liable for $2.4 million in damages. The medical malpractice suit was filed after the defendant’s failure to appropriately treat a patient resulted in the man’s death. The 72-year-old individual arrived at a hospital with complaints of rubbery legs and weakness; three days later he was dead.
Upon the man’s arrival at the emergency room, the doctor there ordered him placed for monitoring on a telemetry floor. Instead, the attending physician had the patient placed on a regular medical floor. As the patient’s weakness progressed and his arms and legs became paralyzed, he soon became unable even to feed himself.
When a nurse noted that the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate had both drastically shot up, she informed the doctor, who did not personally examine the man. Instead, he simply ordered a stat consult with a cardiologist. Health care staff allegedly failed to notice the patient’s continually developing paralysis. By the following morning, the patient was dead.
The medical malpractice lawsuit claimed that the patient’s death was preventable, arguing that his symptoms upon hospital admittance were classic signs of an auto-immune disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Experts testified that had the patent been closely monitored, the paralysis of his heart and lungs could have been avoided with medication, saving his life. The jury clearly agreed, issuing a guilty verdict against the doctor and nurse. If anyone in New York has lost a loved one to similar doctor negligence or error, he or she may find it beneficial to explore legal options with an attorney.
Source: dailybusinessreview.com, “Jury Awards $2.4M in Broward Medical Malpractice Case“, Celia Ampel, Feb. 6, 2017