Medical professionals may spend years training and preparing to operate in their respective fields. There are certain types of actions these parties might take nearly every day. Placing an IV is something that may be a routine activity for many in the healthcare field, but it is still something that requires focus and sufficient training to do in order to protect the well-being of patients in North Carolina. A man in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $11 million in a medical malpractice claim after the placement of an IV cause him to suffer from necrosis and prompted a need to amputate the lower part of his leg.
Reports indicate that the incident began when a man visited a medical facility while experiencing issues with nausea and vomiting. After he was admitted into the facility, reports indicate that a member of the medical staff placed an IV line in his foot. The lawsuit states that he informed staff members that he began experiencing severe pain in his foot soon thereafter, but he claims that no steps were taken to investigate the issue or address his pain.
According to the lawsuit, the man was released two days later, only to return to the hospital after his condition continued to worsen. During this subsequent visit, medical professionals determined that the placement of the IV had led to necrosis in his foot and informed him that it would be necessary to amputate the lower part of his leg. Reports indicate that he filed a lawsuit against the facility soon thereafter and was recently awarded a judgment of $11 million during legal proceedings.
The presence of medical malpractice may only act to place the safety and well-being of a patient at risk and those who encounter such negligence could suffer serious or permanent harm in the process. When facing a similar situation in life, a person in North Carolina could consider retaining the services of an attorney for guidance in evaluating all his or her available legal avenues. Such advice may prove integral to helping a person prepare to seek the full amount of compensation entitled via a medical malpractice claim.