Connecticut Man Receives Over $4 Million in Surgical Error Case
Earlier this month, a Connecticut man was awarded $4.2 million in a case that arose after he suffered serious and irreversible harm to his left arm and shoulder after a botched surgery. According to one local news source, the man went in to see a doctor because he thought he had a swollen lymph node. After an examination, the doctor determined that it was best to remove the lymph node, and he scheduled a surgery to do so.
Evidently, the man’s lymph node was not swollen. Instead, he had a mild Bartonellosis bacterial infection, or what is more commonly known as Cat Scratch Fever. Apparently, the man and his partner live on a farm and take in stray animals, one of which scratched him on the neck, resulting in the discomfort he was experiencing.
However, the doctor failed to diagnose the Cat Scratch Fever and instead opted for the surgical procedure to remove what he thought to be a swollen lymph node. During that procedure, the doctor damaged the man’s spinal accessory nerve. As a result, the man now has nerve palsy, permanent disfigurement of his arm and shoulder, and an inability to lift his arm above his head.
The report also notes that the patient was a laborer his whole life, and that because of his injury, he will likely be unable to return to work in the same capacity as before. As a result of the doctor’s negligence, the jury determined that he should be entitled to an award amount of $4.2 million.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases and Available Damages
Medical malpractice cases, like other lawsuits based on the theory of negligence, can result in a number of different types of damages being paid to the plaintiff if he or she is successful. It is common that a successful plaintiff will receive compensation for past medical bills as well as for future medical expenses that are likely to arise in the future and are due to the incident at issue.
Another type of damages is lost wages and decreased earning capacity. Damages for lost wages compensate the plaintiff for the wages that they would have earned had they not been involved in the accident or been the victim of medical malpractice. These damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for the time he was away from work. Damages based on a decrease in earning potential, however, look ahead rather than backwards and attempt to compensate the plaintiff for the difference between their earning potential before the accident and what it is post-accident. In cases when a person of working age is prevented from returning to work, these damages can be substantial.
Have You Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you or a loved one has recently been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Of course, doctors, nurses, and hospitals rarely concede liability, and these cases are often hard-fought. To make sure that you have a knowledgeable ally in the process, call one of the dedicated Maryland malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt. The skilled personal injury advocates at WVF have decades of combined experience handling all kinds of medical malpractice cases and know what it takes to successfully bring a medical malpractice action. Call (410) 567-0800 today to set up a free consultation.