People who have to go in for surgery should be able to expect that they will be treated well and will receive a certain standard of care. This includes prompt attention, accurate medical treatment and an appropriate level of care following any procedure. When these standards are not met, a mistake can be made and patients are the ones to suffer the consequences. Under these circumstances, it may be appropriate for Connecticut residents to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a negligent doctor or hospital.
One man recently did this after delays in his medical care resulted in further pain and damages. He was admitted into the hospital to have his gall bladder removed in 2007. According to reports, the initial surgery was successful but after the procedure, the level of care he received declined.
Complications arose shortly after the surgery and the man’s doctor failed to address them in a timely manner. As a result of the delayed care, the patient developed a serious hernia for which he had to undergo additional surgery. He filed a claim to hold the hospital and his doctor accountable for this negligence.
Although the hospital where he had undergone the surgical procedure offered him a settlement of $100,000, the man chose not to accept it and the parties went to court. It was reported that a jury awarded him $250,000 which is more than double the amount that was initially offered by the hospital.
It is not uncommon for a hospital to offer the victim of medical negligence a settlement in order to avoid a courtroom trial. In some cases, it can be appropriate to accept a fair settlement. In other cases, however, the amount offered in a settlement is much less than what a patient deserves. Working with a malpractice attorney can be very helpful in determining if accepting a settlement is in a victim’s best interests or if taking the case to court would be a more beneficial option.
Source: The Patriot-News, “Dauphin County jury awards $250K damages in medical malpractice case,” Matt Miller, March 11, 2013