Unless or until people are personally affected by a preventable medical injury, it can be difficult for them to fully appreciate the impact that such an incident can have. Medical malpractice victims and their families can face immediate and long-term financial difficulties as a result of issues like excessive medical expenses and loss of income. Beyond that, the emotional toll of these types of injuries can be profound as well. It is for that reason that medical malpractice financial awards often account for multiple types of damages.
The Rhode Island Hospital, which is located in Providence, recently admitted to providing substandard care to a patient six years ago. Not only did the medical facility express regret for the incident but it also admitted that several staff members acted negligently in diagnosing a head injury.
The incident reportedly occurred when several physicians and nurses misdiagnosed a male patient who sought treatment after hitting his head. The medical professionals failed to recognize that the patient’s medical condition began to deteriorate, and the hospital agreed that attending staff did not provide the patient with the appropriate level of attention.
A medical malpractice lawsuit that resulted from the incident recently concluded with a jury verdict in favor of the accident victim and his wife. The jury awarded the largest verdict of its kind in the state’s history, finding the hospital liable for $25.6 million in damages. $5 million of that amount was awarded to the patient’s wife. The victim was awarded almost $6 million to cover his medical expenses, along with another $15 million to compensate him for pain and suffering.
Source: necn.com, “$25M Jury Verdict Against Rhode Island Hospital,” May 12, 2015