Medical treatment is a step-by-step process. When a person in Pennsylvania is treated for an illness or injury, they trust that their ailment will be handled with an acceptable level of care. Unfortunately, a missed step or error at any time during the treatment process can result in serious or even fatal injuries for the patient.
Details of a medical malpractice lawsuit
Recently, a man in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after his leg was amputated as the result of alleged negligence. According to the lawsuit, the man visited a hospital with complaints of vomiting and nausea. The lawsuit claimed that the man was admitted to the hospital and had an IV placed in his foot. Not long after the IV was placed, the man said he experienced severe pain in his foot.
Two days later, the man was apparently discharged with crutches despite the pain in his foot, and his condition continued to get worse. Allegedly, it was found that the IV was placed incorrectly and caused necrosis, which is a condition that causes the death of tissue. After he was treated at another hospital, it was determined that the man had to have his leg amputated below the knee. Reportedly, the jury awarded the plaintiff $11 million.
There is help for victims and families
Mistakes or negligence during medical treatment can have drastic consequences for the patient. Those in Pennsylvania whose injuries are the result of medical malpractice can get help by speaking with an experienced lawyer. A successful lawsuit can provide victims and families with deserved and much-needed monetary damages.