According to the Washington Post, a young 24-year-old Maryland woman went in to the emergency room after experiencing severe stomach pains. She had been to the emergency room before and told the doctors she had kidney stones.
What happens next should not have happened.
What the young woman really had was a kidney blockage and the doctors at Shady Grove Hospital missed it. This misdiagnosis led to an infection that spread all over the woman's body. She became septic and the sepsis was not discovered for 12 hours. Ultimately she developed gangrene and had to have part of one leg and part of one foot amputated to survive.
On our blog there's a similar story, where a doctor removed the wrong kidney from a cancer patient. It's clear to see that in these cases the health care providers didn't follow the rules, or skipped important steps resulting in bad outcomes for patients.
In this case, a Montgomery County jury agreed that the doctors who treated her was negligent and awarded her $2.3 million dollars in damages at the end of her suit. We are glad to see that a patient hurt by the system gets some compensation but really question whether it is enough to live as full of a life as she can? Maybe not. There are caps on pain and suffering damages in Maryland; and these caps usually affect young people and the elderly the most because they are not high income earners. It's not fair to a lot of patients.
But, what if the medical system failed me, you may ask?
Here at Donahoe Kearney we work with everyday people that have been injured because of medical malpractice at our hospitals. We work with you to get you the resources you need to do everything you can to make up for the harms caused by the hospital. We work to hold hospitals, doctors, and nurses accountable when they don't follow established patient safety rules that protect every one of us.
If you've been severely injured by a misdiagnosis in Maryland, Virginia or D.C. call us at 202-393-3320 or contact us on our website. A lot of our clients come to us when they don't know whether or not they have a case, and we review all information, medical records, tests, etc. to see if we can help. Give us a call at 202-393-3320 for a free phone consultation today.