Medical malpractice to cost county $1.75 million?

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jan 22, 2013 in Doctor Errors

Regular readers of our West Virginia medical malpractice blog understand that when someone gets a substantial amount in a settlement, it's because they have sustained substantial damage. They haven't won the lottery; they've lost their health.

In far too many cases, that loss is irretrievable. Far too many of those victims of medical malpractice will never be whole or healthy again.

That appears to be the case in Cook County, Illinois, where a man lost a leg after he visited a county hospital for treatment.

Cook County is now reportedly considering a $1.75 million settlement with the man.

So the county will lose $1.75 million and the man will have forever lost much of his right leg. That's a trade few people would likely be willing to make.

The man is in his 60s, according to a media report, and he went to the emergency room of the county hospital back in the early part of 2007, complaining of numbness and an ulcer on the leg. He was sent for further evaluation to the hospital's vascular clinic -- ulcers are often due to poor circulation in the leg. He was sent to the clinic because a doctor determined there was a reduction in the flow of blood to his right leg and right foot.

Several months later, he went to another hospital and was told there was an infection in his right leg that was so severe that the leg would have to be amputated above the knee.

People who suffer injuries due to a doctor's or hospital's negligence should not have to bear the substantial financial costs of those mistakes in addition to the physical burden. They should speak with an attorney experienced in helping medical malpractice victims get full and just compensation for the damages.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "County could pay $1.75 million to amputee for medical malpractice settlement," Lisa Donovan, Jan. 15, 2013

  • Our Charleston law firm represents people across West Virginia who have been harmed by medical malpractice, including doctor errors.

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