Imagine visiting the hospital for minor hand surgery and walking out with chronic pain for the rest of your life. One 50-year-old was recently awarded some relief for his suffering in a $2.5 million medical malpractice settlement.
Despite facing off against a large Chicago law firm, an attorney representing the man was able to secure a settlement that will help pay his medical bills, as well as compensate him for the pain he must now endure as a result of a medical practitioner's negligence.
The man had previously visited a medical center in a nearby state to undergo hand surgery. But while a medical professional was drawing blood for a preliminary test before the surgery, the man suffered permanent nerve damage. In order to somewhat control the resulting and long-term pain, doctors were forced to implant wires in his spine. According to the original complaint, a nurse accidentally struck the man's nerve as she inserted the needle to draw blood. Although the man cried out in pain, the nurse allegedly failed to withdraw the needle, which caused further nerve damage.
Although the wires implanted in the man's spine have indeed helped to control the pain, the injury caused him to develop a new medical condition called chronic regional pain syndrome. An attorney representing the man successfully argued that medical staff at the hospital had been negligent and had contributed to the man's injury. Hopefully, the settlement will provide some relief in the man's ongoing battle with pain.
Source: wlfi.com, "$2.5 million awarded for malpractice," Nov. 1, 2011