There are many aspects to medical treatment. Routine exams help spot potential or existing problems, surgeries may heal an injury or an internal condition, and medication may prevent infection or remedy an illness. A slip-up in any one of these areas can cause serious injury or death. Unfortunately, when it comes to medication errors, the mistake may be caught too late to prevent harm. Miami residents should be aware of one recent lawsuit in this area of medical care.
There, a man who had hip replacement surgery was given a blood thinner and then was switched to another blood during what doctors call “bridging therapy.” The doctor in this instance gave the patient 100 milligrams of Lovenox once the night after the surgery and the once the next day. The medication dosage was too high, resulting in the man receiving a hematoma, blood that masses in the body’s tissue, in the area of his hip.
By the time doctors caught the problem, the man had lost 8 of the 12 units of blood from his circulatory system. Though surgery stopped the internal bleeding, the victim suffered permanent damage to his left foot due to a compression of the left sciatic nerve by the hematoma. The victim contended the medication error could have been prevented if the doctor had reduced the dosage to 40 milligrams. The jury agreed and awarded the plaintiff a substantial amount in damages.
If a patient is harmed by the acts of a medical professional, then a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed against that professional and the hospital for which he works. Once the victim establishes the doctor or nurse deviated from the standard of care owed to the patient and harm resulted, then compensation may be awarded to the plaintiff. Showing a deviation from the standard of care may mean misdiagnosing a medical condition, inaccurately prescribing medication, or misreading test results.
Once compensation is obtained through one of these lawsuits, then the victim can pay off medical bills and recover any wages that may have been lost as a result of missed work. Additionally, a victim may be compensated for the pain and suffering inflicted upon him by the medical malpractice.
These lawsuits can be complicated, requiring a lot of time and hard work to gather evidence and interview witnesses. An experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney may be able to help a victim reach the full recovery he deserves.
Source: Connecticut Law Tribune, “Alleged Medication Error Leads To $1.65 Million Award,” Christian Nolan, August 2, 2013