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Medical Malpractice Strikes Even During Simple, Routine Procedures

Medical malpractice can often be complicated, involving procedures, failures, and problems that most people struggle to understand. At other times, however, it is quite simple – and thus perhaps even more egregious. Take, for example, the recent verdict involving an Indiana resident and a local medical center. In late 2000, the patient went to the surgery and medical center for pre-surgery lab work, including a blood draw. The center assigned a woman to draw blood from the patient’s left arm. The employee, before coming to the United States, was a physician in Egypt. It is not clear whether, in that capacity, she had any training or experience in drawing blood. Since coming to the United States, however, she had not obtained any medical license or training – either as a physician or a registered nurse. Despite these facts, the employee was tasked with drawing the patient’s blood. The patient gave blood on a regular basis and, according to the evidence presented in the case, had visible veins near the surface of his arms. The employee, however, dug the needle unnecessarily deep in the patient’s arm, striking his medial nerve and causing nerve damage. The patient was left with complex regional pain syndrome, a permanent condition. The patient will spend the rest of his life with pain and difficulty fully using his left arm. The jury awarded the patient $2.5 million to compensate him for his injuries. The parties then stipulated to a reduced judgment of $1.25 million. The reduction was because, in some situations, Indiana has a limit of recovery in medical malpractice cases of $1.25 million. This case demonstrates that even the simplest medical procedures, when performed negligently or by those who are not qualified, can lead to extensive damage and lifelong consequences. If you continue to suffer pain or damage after even a very simple procedure such as a blood draw, you may be the victim of medical malpractice – and you, like the patient in this case, may be entitled to compensation. Talk to a qualified personal injury attorney about your unique circumstances. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you to determine whether medical malpractice was to blame for your injuries, and whether you should seek compensation through the legal system. For a free consultation with our top personal injury attorneys, call 877•877•LAW2 (5292) or 219•924•2427.

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