Victims of medical malpractice are protected by the law. A man in Florida recently won a $3.6 million settlement after his wife died. The man's wife received four spinal injections for lower back pain. However, the victim was later admitted to the hospital in excruciating pain. The victim was at that point diagnosed with an epidural abscess. She underwent multiple surgeries and treatments over the period of a year and died at the age of 60. The victim endured at least 8 surgeries.
According to a representative for the man, the doctor negligently introduced bacteria into the victim's spine and then negligently cared for her after the victim acquired the infection. The negligent care resulted in multiple large abscesses at the injection sites. The victim suffered from meningitis and had to be placed in a drug-induced coma. The woman's husband owes $1 million in medical care expenses according to his representative. The doctor intends to appeal the award.
Surviving family members of victims of medical malpractice may be left facing medical expenses and funeral expenses following the unexpected loss of their loved ones. They may also lose companionship and support and services. All of these damages may be compensable through a wrongful death claim for damages. Likewise, a personal injury claim for damages can help victims of medical malpractice recover for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered.
It is important for victims of medical malpractice to be familiar with the legal protections available to them, as well as their legal rights and remedies when they have placed their health in the hands of a trusted medical professional. When victims and family members have suffered harm, legal protections can provide options to help them through a difficult time.