Two Examples Of Successful Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

July 23, 2019

Picture of a person in a hospital bed.

Being sick or injured is a scary situation, and it can be even worse if you become a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

You trust your doctors and nurses with your life. When they don’t perform up to standards, it can lead to serious physical consequences. If you have suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, there is a possibility you could have a case for legal action.

Medical malpractice cases are extremely difficult to win, but it is possible. Here are a couple of examples of successful medical malpractice and negligence lawsuits.

Family Of A Man Who Died From A Traumatic Brain Bleed

​We were hired by the family of a man who went to a North Alabama hospital with signs of an intracerebellar hemorrhage (traumatic brain bleed). Over the course of three days, nurses and doctors failed to recognize his symptoms and condition in a timely manner. They also failed to carry out and perform critical tests once the symptoms became obvious. As a result of this negligence, this father of five and grandfather of fifteen died.

After lengthy and difficult discovery, the hospital settled rather than go to trial and the man’s wife received 2.5 million dollars. By filing a lawsuit and following through, our clients helped to make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen to another family.

A Young Boy With Meningitis

​Our client was a young boy who developed symptoms his mother couldn’t identify. His mother took him to a clinic in North Alabama, which had treated the boy before. The original physicians and nurses correctly diagnosed the boy as suffering from meningitis.

Unfortunately, the boy was treated at a time of day when a shift-change occurred between nurses and physicians. The doctors and nurses coming on duty did not adequately read and pay attention to care-orders left by the previous nurses and doctors. As a result, our client’s meningitis was allowed to progress to the point of irreversible physical deficits.

The defendants paid 4 million dollars, which helped pay for the extra care and rehabilitation the boy will need as he grows older. Our client’s family now has the resources to find the best help he will need in the future, and our client has funds to help see him through life when he is an adult.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of medical malpractice and medical negligence. We understand the physical and mental strain these injuries can cause. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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Front porch shooting resulting in Birmingham man’s death ruled a homicide

November 15, 2017

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It is not often that someone who has been shot in the leg later ends up the victim of a homicide. But such is the case in a shooting of a man on his front porch in Wylam this past August.

The 36-year old victim and witnesses were inside the screened in porch of the victim’s home playing video games. Then, some kind of argument broke out and then there was gunfire.

An estimated 15 to 20 shots were fired — in the home as well as into the victim’s car, a BMW SUV. The vehicle’s windows were shattered and one tire was left flat.

The victim ended up hit by a bullet in the leg and was subsequently taken to the hospital with apparently non-life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, according to the coroner, the bullet that struck his leg ended up traveling from the leg to his lower abdomen where it caused organ damage.

The Wylam man was released from the hospital but still remained under medical care. Then, in September, when getting ready to leave his home to go to the doctor, he collapsed. The victim was again taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After evaluation, medical examiners ruled the man’s untimely death was the result of sepsis. The manner of the death is considered to be a homicide. For those who do not know, sepsis is a “life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.”

Usually, doctors are the ones best equipped to recognize and handle sepsis. The condition affects at least 75,000 adults a year but there have been cases where medical professionals have missed the diagnosis.

The problem falls during the early stages of sepsis, where the symptoms are similar to those of a viral infection. Viral infections tend to go away on their own, making it hard to decide if a patient should be allowed to go home or if that patient needs to promptly be hospitalized.

Sepsis is an unforgiving condition but this does not mean doctors or medical professionals cannot be held accountable for misdiagnosis.

In the recent case of the Birmingham man shot in the leg, it might not be immediately apparent but the family of the man could have a potential lawsuit worth filing — either for wrongful death or for medical malpractice.

If you or loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical professional you should seek out the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Liddon Law Firm in Alabama, we are experienced in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

Call 205-900-3770 or fill out our convenient online contact form to begin discussing your legal options today.

 

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