On April 27, 2018, an Idaho medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of $7.96 million gainst the defendant hospital and its urgent care clinic for the paralysis suffered by the plaintiff as a result of alleged medical negligence. The Idaho medical malpractice jury awarded $1 million in noneconomic damages and the balance was for the man’s past and future medical expenses.
The plaintiff had suffered a back injury at work in 2014 and sought treatment at the defendant urgent care clinic owned by the defendant hospital. The Idaho medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the urgent care’s staff breached the standard of care and were medically negligent by not following their own protocols and policies by failing to restrict the man’s movement because it was suspected that he had suffered a spinal cord injury. Instead, the man was allowed to walk to the x-ray room and to get undressed on his own. The Idaho medical malpractice plaintiffs (husband and wife) contended that the defendants’ negligence by allowing the man to move around allowed his spine injury to progress to the point where he became permanently paralyzed below the waist.
The defense argued that the man caused his own injury by refusing to go to the emergency room and by continuing to walk despite his injury. The plaintiffs countered that they could not afford an emergency room visit and that an ambulance was not necessary because the urgent care clinic was right across the street.
The Idaho medical malpractice defense attorney told the jury that the man had a 20-year history of thoracic disc disease that caused him back problems and that the defendants were not responsbile for his paralysis.
The defendant urgent care clinic issued the following statement after it was found fully liable for the plaintiffs’ harm: ““What happened to Shane is tragic. He didn’t go to the hospital when he was experiencing an emergency because he was worried about how much it would cost. No patient should be put in this position but as healthcare costs continue to rise we see more patients coming to RediCare when they should be visiting the ER. We are actively working with the community and our patients to help educate them on when they need to seek a higher level of care. The doctors at RediCare are committed to taking care of the community when they are experiencing colds, infections, minor cuts, and sprains. Patients experiencing an emergency need to go to an emergency room. We look forward to resolving this case for Shane and his family.”
The plaintiffs issued their own statement following the Idaho medical malpractice jury’s verdict in their favor: “We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received over the past 4 years from friends and family and the community. This has been a difficult time for our family. We are grateful and overwhelmed with the hard work of the judge, court staff and jury that allowed us to have our day in court. We are thankful for our attorneys and their tireless efforts on our behalf.”
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