Wrongful Death from Septic Infection Results in a $3 Million Jury Verdict for the Plaintiff

In Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and Dr. Stephen Law will be required to pay a $3 million verdict after they were unable to sufficiently defend themselves to a jury’s satisfaction in a civil medical malpractice case.

21245078_BG1The plaintiff, Sean Fay, filed the medical malpractice lawsuit after his wife died. She’d originally been admitted to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after complaining about severe back and stomach pain.

Dr. Law diagnosed Fay with a kidney stone and gave her a prescription for pain medication before discharging her. He also scheduled a return appointment. Fay never kept that appointment. She died from septic shock approximately 48 hours after seeing Dr. Law.

Symptoms of the type of septic infection that led to Fay’s death include a high respiration and heart rate, abnormal temperature, and an increase in the white blood count. As the infection grows worse, the body goes into septic shock at which point organ damage and failure can occur. At this point 20-35% of all cases result in death.

It’s the jury’s finding that had Dr. Law and the medical center not been negligent, Fay may have lived through the ordeal. They also stated that the felt some of the blame for her death was on Fay’s part since he failed to return her to the hospital when it became apparent that the pain medication wasn’t working and her medical condition was growing more severe.

NJ-Medical-Malpractice-Lawyers-5Hospital officials state that they are not happy with the jury’s ruling and that they are in the process of discussing appealing the ruling with their legal team.

This isn’t an isolate incident. It’s believed that anywhere from 44,000 to 100,000 American deaths are the result of medical malpractice each year. Every single year, there are stories about patients who died as a result of delayed treatments, surgical mistakes, inaccurate treatments, doctors misdiagnosing the patients.

“Mistakes happen, but the medical community has a responsibility to make sure they’re doing everything possible to provide each and every patient with the best possible medical care,” South Carolina personal injury attorney Joseph Sandefur explained. “The only way to make the medical community aware of how devastating their mistakes are for the patients and their loved ones is often by filing a medical malpractice suit. Knowing that there will be legal ramifications in the event of a mistake is often enough to encourage doctors to double check their work, ask for second opinions, and make sure the facility provides the best possible care to each and every patient.”

When you file a medical malpractice case, remember that you will be responsible for proving that the defendant did something wrong, which is why you need a good personal injury lawyer on your side. They will help you gather the information and data needed to prove your case and win a settlement. According to Joe and Martin, once the proof has been gathered, most personal injury attorneys are able to negotiate a settlement out of court.

 

 

 


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Marine’s DUI Experience Results in 2 Deaths and 3 Injured

Twenty-one-year-old Lance Cpl. Jason Riley King sobbed as the county prosecutor displayed one photo after another of the misshapen pile of metal that had once been a car. The last time King has seen the car it was packed full of medical students and heading north on State Route 163 at 1:40 a.m. on May 15

It’s the same car that King’s own car smashed into while he drove the wrong way on the same street while he was suspected of being heavily intoxicated.

jason_king_truck_crash_1432169334683_18580033_ver1.0_320_240The collision, which happened about 1:40 a.m. on May 15. 23-year-old Madison Cornwell who was driving the car and 24-year-old passenger Anne Baldock were killed, while the remaining three passengers sustained injuries in the wreck.

When the preliminary hearing drew to a close, San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael T. Smyth ruled that there was more than ample evidence available for King to stand trial. The charges he faces include two separate murder counts, DUI that resulted in injury, and 2 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.

King pleaded not guilty to the charges. For the students, the drive followed a night of celebrating the fact that they’d completed their second year of medical school. While the passengers were drinking, Cornwell, the self-appointed designated driver hadn’t has so much as a sip of alcohol.

One passenger, Stosh Ozog, served as a witness during King’s preliminary hearing. Their memory of the accident is hazy. They remember taking one fellow student home and the next clear recollection they have is opening their eyes in the emergency room.

bigstock-Drunk-Driving-44632708The prosecutor accuses King of indulging in binge drinking on the night while he attended first one party and then another with fellow marines. Following the crash, King submitted to two alcohol breath tests. When he took the first one his blood-alcohol level was 0.1459. After the second one it had decreased to 0.145 percent. The legal limit in California is 0.08.

Hannah Talbott, King’s best friend and fellow marine, met with King that night. She admits that they were both drinking and said that she didn’t realize just how drunk King was until they started playing pool when she realized he was struggling to hold onto his pool cue.

Auto-Insurance-400x250“I know him well enough to know that he had drank too much and we needed to leave,” she said. The two argued about just how much he’d drank and his current condition. “He was in no condition to drive.”

When King continued to brush off her concerns, Talbott took off, leaving him alone in the parking lot.

When the Cahoots bar manager heard a truck in the of bar parking lot, he worried. He found King in the parking lot and worked hard to convince him to get a ride home. King refused to listen.

If he is convicted, King could spend the next 47 years of his life in prison.

 

 

 


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