Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Results in a $2.85 Million Award

On April 17, 2004, Randy Green’s life changed forever. That was the day he suffered extreme, life threatening injuries in a car accident. Emergency responders transported Green to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach for treatment. Even though Green was being prepped for surgery to repair arterial lacerations on his forearm, the orthopedic surgeon on duty, Wayne Bauerle, insisted that a CAT scan be taken of Green’s knee which was also injured. It took 30 minutes to complete the scan, during which time, Green suffered such an extreme loss of blood, he went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, both of which were caused by the arm injury.

74225Although the staff resuscitated Green, as a result of the blood and oxygen loss, part of Green’s spinal cord died, leaving him a paraplegic.

Medical records indicate that when Green was placed into the CAT scan, his blood pressure was 72 over 56. The plaintiff used testimony from doctors multiple medical institutions, including Harvard Medical School, to confirm that this is a critically low blood pressure level and that based on those numbers, Bauerle should have realized that Green was in danger of going into cardiac arrest.

Medical records indicate that after going into cardia arrest, Green’s blood pressure dropped to zero and it’s believed that some parts of his body were denied oxygenated blood from 8-27 minutes.

Closeup of dentist hand taking mirror from on of dental tools.The jury who heard Green’s case learned that not only has his life been changed forever, so has the life of his wife, Ann, who has taken over as her husband’s sole caregiver. The jury agreed to award Green $2.3 million in the medical malpractice lawsuit. They also said that his wife was to be awarded $550,000 which will be used to make up for the couple’s loss of income, medical bills, and other financial hardships they’ve suffered as a result of the accident.

Grand Strand Medical Center also agreed to an out of court settlement, the amount of which has not been disclosed.

“Even though I hope a day comes when I never hear about another medical malpractice case, cases like this, where the victim gets the compensation they deserve, make me proud to be a personal injury lawyer,” said Joseph Sandefur of joeandmartin.com/myrtle-beach/, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. direito-processual-do-trabalho“I hope that other people choose to follow the example the Greens have set and take action when a medical mistake is made. It’s the best way I know of to remind medical professionals and facilities that they have an obligation to provide the best possible health care.”

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, the best thing you can do for yourself is gather up all of your medical records and bills and contact an attorney. They will review all the details of your case and then help you choose the best legal path to take.

 

 

 

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Defense Attorney Prepares to Use Stand Your Ground Defense for Man Accused of Barroom Stabbing Death

The only thing worse than hearing that someone’s fun night out ended in a bar fight, is learning that the bar fight didn’t end until one of the brawlers was stabbed to death.

In this particular case, the guy who walked away from the fight swears he only used his knife in self-defense. When police were arrived on the scene they sized up the situation and arrested Miguel Herrera Guevarra. Once he reached the South Carolina jail, he was charged with second degree murder. Under most circumstances, a second degree murder charge is serious enough that bail is denied and the defendant will have to remain in custody until and throughout their trial.

Guevarra isn’t about to accept staying in jail for what could add up to several months of his life, not when he swears he only stabbed the victim out of self-defense and that the bar’s video surveillance cameras will back up his claim.

His friend, Yeslina Ramos, agrees. “Whatever anybody says, the video speaks for itself.”

Even without the video, his friends, families, and witnesses to the fight agree that Guevarra acted out of self-defense and that he shouldn’t be forced to remain and potentially lose everything for something that isn’t his fault.

The good news is that after watching the video, the judge agrees with Guevarra.

“The judge agreed there wasn’t a reason to hold him on the charges so he was able to set bond in that regard,” said Phillip Reizenstein, the attorney who is representing Guevarra. “

“The parties have reached a mutually agreeable, confidential settlement in this matter. We extend our sympathies to victim and wish her well,” .

For a long period of time, [Hernandez] is acting erratically and violent to multiple individuals in the bar. This becomes important because my client sees this so he knows what he’s dealing with.”

Reizenstein is quite pleased that the judge agreed that the contents of the surveillance video convinced the judge to release his client and is already working on a defense strategy for the upcoming trial. “We’re going to move a little quicker. We’re going to file a stand-your-ground community motion and that will be done by the end of August and we expect a hearing date in September.”

‘I’m very pleased that not only was the video surveillance working when the bar fight took place,” personal injury attorney, Joe and Martin of The Personal Injury Firm said when he learned about this case. “It’s a good thing that the defendant had the foresight to mention the camera right away so that the footage could be rescued before it was deleted or became lost.”

This case does an excellent job of showcasing why it’s so important to contact a lawyer right away when you feel you have grounds for a personal injury civil suit. Your attorney will know exactly what pieces of evidence can be used to help you gain the largest possible settlement. They will also work to collect witness statements while the memories of the episode remains fresh in everyone’s mind.

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