If you’ve been treated for a medical condition in Ohio and suffered
a personal injury due to a doctor’s negligence, you may be able
to seek compensation like this woman did. According to a story from Feb.
21, a Jackson, Michigan, woman was awarded over $1 million for the personal
injury she is suffering due to a doctor’s alleged negligence. The
jury recently released its findings, granting her an award that should
help her get the additional medical care and aid she needs.
The woman had allegedly gone under an elective abdominal surgery with liposuction
in June 2009, but the operation didn’t go the way she had hoped.
Instead of healing, she was left with drainage, clotting and other issues
that just weren’t clearing up. She allegedly asked for a referral
to see a doctor specializing in wound care, but her doctor didn’t
give it to her. Soon afterwards, she went to the emergency room, where
they admitted her for the treatment of a staph infection.
She now claims that the wound has never really healed completely and can
reopen. She’s been arguing the fact that she lost her business due
to her health. She has been mentally and physically ill since the incident.
The once-in-good-health 43-year-old now may have something to make her
feel somewhat better about her situation; the jury has awarded her $1.3 million.
The jury claims that $500,000 of the award is simply for pain, suffering,
disfigurement and emotional stress. The financial impact and loss of her
business was valued at $382,000. Then, the jury decided to give her another
$430,000; that was for money the woman could have earned with her income
through 2017, when she may have been expected to retire or move on to
a new job.
In a little under six hours, the jury determined that the doctor had failed
to meet the standard of care necessary in the woman’s case. Now,
hopefully, she will continue to get the help she needs to recover. She
claims she will have long-term medical issues for the foreseeable future.