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Paraplegic patient's court case ends in $2.85 million settlement

If you've been injured recently, you know that medical expenses can be costly. This can be even worse when you have to deal with the fact that your injuries are a result of medical malpractice. This recent case from Myrtle Beach might be of interest to Ohio readers, since this patient recently won one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in the state of South Carolina.

According to recent news, a jury in Horry County has awarded a patient a $2.85 million settlement after it determined that an orthopedic surgeon had left the patient a paraplegic due to his actions. According to the case, the man had been taken into surgery following a car accident in April, 2004. At the time, he had severed arteries in his forearm and had to be taken to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The trouble happened when the surgeon took the man from the pre-operating room to have a CAT scan done even though the man's vital signs were not stable, according to the documents. The CAT scan was ordered to look at the patient's knee that had been injured in the accident. At the time, the man's blood pressure was 72 over 56, and doctors from Charleston, Connecticut, and the Harvard Medical School all concluded that this was an indication that the patient may go into cardiac arrest. Because of this conclusion, they conceded that the decision to remove the patient from the pre-operating room was negligent.

While the man was getting his CAT scan, he did go into cardiac and respiratory arrest, and this led to the death of part of his spinal cord, since oxygen was not reaching his brain. It is believed that he will now be permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

This incident shows how important it is to have competent doctors in emergency and operating rooms. Those who seek medical attention expect to receive the proper medical care. When they do not receive it, they may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disability, lost wages and other claims.

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