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Jury verdict awards $10.4 million in compensation

Every day, hundreds of Maryland residents undergo surgical procedures. The majority of those patients' surgeries are successful. However, in some instances, patients leave the hospitals in worse conditions than they entered due to surgical errors. In one out-of-state case, a jury recently awarded a patient $10.4 million in compensation for the injuries he suffered while recovering from a surgery performed in 2007.

The man's story began when his colon became infected. The infection was so severe that he had to undergo surgery to remove the infected section. During the operation, the man's blood pressure dropped, prompting the surgeons to order the administration of blood pressure-increasing medication both during the surgery and afterward should his blood pressure drop below 100.

According to the patient's complaint, nurses in the recovery ward failed to check the condition of the arterial line used to monitor his blood pressure. As a result, the nurses administered the maximum dose of the blood pressure-increasing medication. The man claimed that his increased blood pressure resulted in a loss of circulation to his extremities, gangrene and, ultimately, the amputation of his left hand and all of his toes.

More than five years after the surgery that led to the patient's life-changing injuries, a jury has awarded the man $10.4 million in compensation to be paid by the hospital in which the surgery took place. Residents of Maryland who have endured similar injuries due to surgical errors may also find justice by filing a civil suit against the negligent parties responsible for their injuries. Those who wish to pursue compensation for an injury resulting from a surgical error may find the assistance of a personal injury attorney helpful.

Source: healthcarefinancenews.com, "Advocate South Suburban Hospital to pay $10.4 million over patient disfigurement, jury rules," Henry Powderly, Oct. 19,2015

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