When North Carolina patients are admitted to the hospital with severe health concerns, the timing of treatment provided could play a significant role in mitigating the repercussions involved. Delays in diagnosing and treating a condition can carry disastrous consequences that could forever alter the lives of patients. A man in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $13.5 million during a medical malpractice lawsuit after delays in care left him with permanent brain damage.
According to reports, the man was taken to the emergency room after his wife found him laying on the floor. He was reportedly experiencing symptoms including severe headaches, vomiting, and confusion. Medical professionals reportedly ordered a CT scan and they stated that there were no signs of a stroke, and he waited in the ER for several hours before being transferred to another wing for additional care.
Reports indicate that his condition continued to deteriorate and that doctors eventually ordered an MRI, but there were additional issues that further delayed the administration of further tests. The results of the MRI showed that he was suffering from a stroke. The lawsuit stated that the presence of negligence led to delays that left him with permanent brain injuries.
While no one should have to suffer permanent injuries due to the presence of medical negligence, such issues continue to affect the lives of many. Following such an experience, those who have questions about their available options for legal recourse could consider retaining the services of an attorney for advice on the next steps to take. Such guidance may play an integral role in helping a person in North Carolina prepare to protect his or her interests by seeking the compensation deserved via a claim against all parties deemed responsible.