A New York man recently won a $2.3 million medical malpractice lawsuit after an orthopedic surgeon was found liable for his failure to treat the victim’s infection.
According to details from the case, the plaintiff visited Hudson Valley Radiology Associations to have an MRI done in 2010. A routine injection allegedly resulted in causing a serious infection. He had a culture performed at Nyack Hospital several days later and was promptly released, despite the results of the culture showing that he was suffering from a serious infection.
When he returned to the hospital two days later, the infection had caused some major damage to his hip, which forced him to undergo hip replacement surgery several months later. The man, who worked in the construction field, faces major potential for wage loss as a result of the malpractice.
Unfortunately, infections contracted during hospital care are not uncommon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information that indicates about one in 25 patients will contract an infection while staying in a hospital, and just over one percent of those will die as a result of complications due to infections contracted during hospital stays.
A jury agreed that the doctor in question was negligent in his duty to diagnose and treat the infection when there was clear evidence of its existence. This was an example of a diagnosis error/failure to diagnose case, one of the most common types of medical malpractice cases. This type of malpractice can have a terrible impact, as patients do not get the treatment they so desperately need to recover from their condition.
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