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.
Although 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.
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. “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.