A New York medical negligence lawsuit that was recently filed in the federal court in Brooklyn against a local hospital alleges that a series of unnecessary and unreasonable delays in treating a man who arrived in the emergency department after having been struck by a car and suffering a serious leg injury resulted in the amputation of his leg above the knee.
The 46-year-old man had just gotten off from work when he was struck by a car shortly after 6:00 a.m. on September 22, 2015. EMS arrived within three minutes and transported the man to the defendant hospital’s emergency room where a prompt CT scan led the doctors to determine within one hour of his arrival that he had compromised blood flow in his leg and that his leg was cold to the touch. Under such circumstances, it is imperative that prompt vascular surgery be performed in order to return blood flow and save the affected leg.
The local hospital did not have a vascular surgeon on staff and had to call the emergency hotline at another local hospital. Despite protocols that required that calls to the emergency hotline be answered within three rings, no one answered and messages were left on the hotline, according to the man’s New York medical malpractice lawsuit.
It was not until shortly after 2:00 p.m. that the man was finally transported to the other hospital for emergency surgery but the transferring hospital failed to provide the receiving hospital with the earlier CT scan, which led to the receiving hospital having to scan the man’s leg again, which delayed the necessary surgery for three hours. By the time the surgery began shortly after 7:00 p.m., it was too late to save the man’s leg – his right leg was amputated above his knee.
The man’s New York hospital malpractice lawsuit alleges that the first hospital was required by New York regulations to have transferred the man to the other hospital within 30 minutes, where limb-saving surgery was available, and had the defendant hospital done so, the man would have had necessary vascular surgery at the second hospital within the window of time available to save his leg.
After filing the New York medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of his client, the plaintiff’s lawyer summarized the hospital negligence claims by stating, “Everything that could have went wrong went wrong.” The plaintiff, who is the father of three, is seeking $24 million in compensatory damages from the defendant hospital in his New York medical malpractice lawsuit.
The defendant hospital was reportedly cited by the New York Health Department earlier this year with six violations for its treatment of a Brooklyn grandmother who died from an untreated brain infection after having been restrained in the defendant hospital’s emergency room because hospital staff had thought that she was an emotionally disturbed person.
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