A man was admitted into the hospital for a liver transplant. While he was recuperating from his surgery, he was placed in a recliner for 7 to 8 hours. The medical staff then attempted to transfer the man from the recliner into his bed by using bed sheets. During the transfer, the man heard and felt a pop in his back. When his condition deteriorated over the next several days, an MRI of his back was ordered that revealed that his spine had been fractured and was compressing his spinal cord.
The emergency surgery to address the serious medical condition resulted in the man losing feeling below his waist. His paralysis is permanent in nature and has resulted in substantial medical expenses, lost wages and lost earnings capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of the enjoyment of life, and other losses.
The medical malpractice case was filed on June 1, 2012 in the federal court in New Orleans against the rehabilitation facility and its parent health system. The medical malpractice claims allege that the medical staff used an improper method and technique to transfer the man from the recliner to his bed, that the medical facility failed to make available the proper equipment for the transfer and failed to properly train its medical staff regarding transfers, that the medical staff failed to timely and properly report the incident, and that the medical staff failed to timely and properly respond to and treat the man when he suffered the injury during the transfer.
The man’s health must have been in very poor condition if he required a liver transplant. It appears that the transplant operation was successful and that rehabilitative services were necessary so that the man could progress medically. It is doubtful that the man and his family had any idea that the critical medical treatment would be successful but that he would be injured during rehabilitation as a result of alleged medical malpractice.
Unfortunately, we at MedicalMalpracticeLawyers.com see this scenario played out too often — the medical treatment for which the patient entered the hospital was competently provided but the necessary after-care resulted in serious and permanent injuries that were unexpected and devastating to the patient and his/her loved ones.
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