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Personal injury case nets $1.8 million for man who lost foot

A jury in Maryland's neighboring state of Virginia has awarded a medical malpractice victim a total of $5.6 million. The total judgment was reduced by a judge to just $1.8 million, however, to conform with rules relating to medical malpractice claims. The victim had claimed that the family physician caused him personal injury when he violated standards of care. The victim reportedly lost a portion of his right foot and suffered permanent damage to his lower leg after a 2007 incident.

The victim suffered sudden pain and discoloration in his leg in late February 2007. After going to the emergency room, he made an appointment with his family physician. Studies performed days afterward showed that there had been a significant obstruction to blood flow in the leg; a large, hardened clot had developed in his artery. Physicians were unable to remove the clot, though, because it had solidified; as a consequence, he was left with a partial foot amputation and suffered significant damage to his lower leg.

Allegations in the suit accused the physician of failing to refer the victim to a vascular surgeon for immediate surgery. Instead, the victim was forced to wait while the tissue in his leg essentially died. The plaintiff in this case reportedly accumulated more than $340,000 in medical costs in addition to $45,000 in lost wages. The defendant's legal team says an appeal may be in the works.

Victims who suffer from medical professional negligence deserve to be compensated for their personal injury. Physicians' negligence causes too many Maryland residents to suffer personal injury. A Baltimore attorney can help these victims learn more about their legal rights and options, which can include recovering damages for a variety of doctor errors.

Source: The News & Advance, "Jury finds for plaintiff in malpractice suit" Staff Report, Feb. 28, 2014

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