A jury in another state recently returned a $1.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. A carpenter and his wife brought the lawsuit against a university that owns the medical center where the man was treated. The man's health was affected negatively after a resident at the medical center failed to properly diagnose the man's problem, which caused him to developing a serious, life-changing condition. When medicalnegligence or medical malpractice like this occurs in New Jersey, victims typically seek to file a claim for damages against the party or parties believed to have been responsible.
The 56-year-old man was first misdiagnosed in Feb. 2011. Due to this negligence, the man no longer can use his left hand. The rest of his left arm was also permanently damaged.
The man was rushed to a local hospital on Feb. 2, 2011 after suffering a work injury. He had fallen almost 16 feet from the top of scaffolding where he had been working. The man experienced significant pain in his arm, yet his condition went untreated and undiagnosed for around six hours as no medical professionals were able to see him. His wife repeatedly requests for a doctor to examine her husband, but she was not successful. As a result, the man developed a condition known as "compartment syndrome" in his left arm -- this means that swelling in his arm compressed the blood vessels, nerves and muscles in a specific compartment of the body.
Since it went untreated for over six hours, the blood vessels could no longer deliver oxygen throughout his arm. Unfortunately, this resulted in both nerve cells and muscles being destroyed. The man has since undergone several surgeries, but the victim says that he has been left with a deformed, useless limb. In this case, the victim had a valid medical malpractice case, and he -- like other victims of malpractice in New Jersey -- sought the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to present his claim before a civil court jury.