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Man claims blood clot was due to doctor's negligent advice

Franklin, Ohio, readers might have heard about this doctor's alleged medical error that made national news. According to reports, the doctor has faced multiple medical malpractice lawsuits over the last few years, and he is now being sued again. This case launched in 2010, and the plaintifff contends that he was treated for a broken leg, given a cast and told he could return to work. The case focused on treatments that took place in 2008.

According to the Oct. 8 report, the man had broken his metatarsal and was treated with the use of a short-leg cast by his doctor. The doctor then allegedly told him that he could return to work. The man claims that he then experienced severe swelling and pain throughout the following month.

Because of the pain, the man finally discovered, although it is not disclosed how he found out, that he had developed deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT is a blood clot, and he claimed that he had one in the left distal superficial femoral vein, the peroneal vein, the anterior and posterior tibial veins, and in the popliteal vein. The lawsuit claimed that the doctor did not properly treat the man, and this negligence was a cause of the DVT. The jury agreed and awarded a verdict worth more than $2.2 million on Oct. 4. According to sources, this will be reduced to $623,433 in accordance to caps on damages in medical malpractice that are already in place within West Virginia.

Medical malpractice can lead to injuries, pain and suffering and death in some cases. Such instances of medical malpractice can be the basis for civil litigation. If you're hurt by a doctor's negligence, you may have the option to seek compensation to cover past and future medical care expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source:  The West Virginia Record, "Judgment against Bluefield doctor potentially worth $850K" John O'Brien, Oct. 08, 2013

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