When Florida residents suffer from serious leg or back pain, they expect that their doctor can remedy the situation without any long-term complications. One man suffered from these complications after a surgery. He and his wife filed a medical malpractice suit and were awarded $7.5 million.
The 55-year-old man now suffers from permanent incontinence and impotence after doctors failed to quickly treat a blood clot. The man had back surgery in September 2010 and shortly afterwards, he began to experience excruciating pain in his legs and back. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Nurses diagnosed the blood clot, but failed to inform the doctor of the man’s inability to move his legs. The man also became incontinent. These are signs of neurological issues, but the doctor was not made aware until the following day — when it was too late.
Doctors have a duty to treat their patients promptly. Nurses should not be afraid to speak up and inform doctors of patients that need urgent treatment. When a once-healthy person can no longer move his legs or control his urinary or bowel movements, it’s a serious situation that should not be ignored. The hospital’s negligence has cost it millions of dollars.
Those who are injured or suffer a serious medical condition due to doctors’ mistakes may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The money won’t bring back a person’s health, but it can help pay for medical expenses and the loss of quality of life caused by the doctor’s negligence. Hopefully, the hospital and its employees will learn from this and focus on better care for their patients.
Source: WBRC, “Jefferson Co. couple awarded $7.5 million in malpractice case” Melanie Posey, Mar. 03, 2014