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.