Jury in medical malpractice verdict awards man $1.5 million

A jury in another state returned a $1.5 million medical malpractice verdict recently. The plaintiffs were a carpenter and his wife. The man's health had been negatively affected after a resident at a medical center did not properly diagnose him. When medical malpractice like this results in serious injury or further health complications to a patient in Tennessee, a medical malpractice claim is often an appropriate legal remedy.

The carpenter, a 56-year-old man, was misdiagnosed in Feb. 2011. As a result, the man can no longer use his left hand. He also suffered permanent damage to the remainder of his left arm.  

He was airlifted to a local hospital on Feb. 2, 2011 after he had fallen nearly 16 feet from scaffolding where he was working. The man experienced significant pain in his arm, but his condition went undiagnosed and untreated for six hour as no medical professional attended to him. For hours, his wife repeatedly asked for a doctor to examine her husband -- with no success. The man developed compartment syndrome in his left arm, in which swelling compresses blood vessels, muscles and nerves in a specific compartment of the body.

Since this syndrome went untreated for over six hours, the blood vessels in his arm were no longer capable of delivering oxygen to the rest of his arm. This resulted in the destruction of both muscles and nerve cells. Later, he underwent several surgeries, but was left with a deformed, useless limb, according to the victim's complaint. As evidenced by the jury verdict, the victim clearly had a valid medical malpractice case. He, like others in Tennessee confronting similar circumstances, decided to enlist the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to help him prepare and present his claim before a jury in civil court.

Source: peninsuladailynews.com, "Port Angeles man awarded $1.5 million in medical negligence verdict", Paul Gottlieb, Dec. 25, 2015

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