On November 3, 2017, a Missouri judge signed an order entering judgment in excess of $14.2 million in favor of a Missouri medical malpractice plaintiff after a Missouri medical malpractice jury found in his favor following a trial that lasted from October 30, 2017 to November 3, 2017.
The 55-year-old plaintiff went to the defendant hospital’s emergency room on April 30, 2014 with complaints of abdominal pain. An abdominal CT scan was ordered that showed portal gas and atherosclerosis. Two of the defendant physicians consulted over the telephone that resulted in the recommendation that an ultrasound be performed on an outpatient basis. The plaintiff was discharged to home on May 1, 2014, with pain medication prescriptions.
The plaintiff’s condition did not get any better and he returned to the defendant hospital’s emergency room on May 4, 2014. The plaintiff’s medical condition at that time was diagnosed as acute mesenteric ischemia (a syndrome caused by the inadequate blood flow through the mesentric vessels that results in ischemia and eventual gangrene of the bowel wall, which is potentially life-threatening). He was transferred to another hospital where he had emergency surgery that included bowel resection and superior mesenteric artery bypass.
The plaintiff’s Missouri medical malpractice complaint alleged that as a result of the defendants’ medical negligence, he required multiple surgeries that led to the need for ongoing medical care that includes parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) and intravenous fluids. As a result of the defendants’ medical malpractice, the Missouri medical malpractice plaintiff alleged that he is permanently disfigured; that he suffered permanent injuries, including pain, suffering, and mental anguish; and, that he required extensive medical, surgical, rehabilitative, therapeutic, nursing, and hospital care and treatment that will continue into the future.
The plaintiff alleged in his Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit that the defendants failed to properly consider diagnoses found on the April 30, 2014 abdominal CT scan; failed to properly and timely evaluate, consider, and treat his portal gas and atherosclerosis findings during the April 30, 2014 emergency room visit; failed to order a surgical consultation on April 30, 2014; failed to admit the plaintiff to the hospital for observation on April 30, 2014, for additional testing, consultations, and medical treatment; and, failed to transfer the plaintiff to another hospital where he could receive a higher level of medical care, and instead negligently discharged him to home.
The Missouri medical malpractice jury determined that one of the defendant physicians and the defendant hospital are responsible for 65% of the Missouri medical malpractice verdict ($9,259,604); another defendant physician and his employer are 25% responsible for the Missouri medical malpractice verdict ($3,561,386); and, that the plaintiff was 10% contributory negligent for the harm he suffered (therefore, $1,424,554 was deducted from the $14.2 million Missouri medical malpractice verdict, and the plaintiff will receive $12,820,990 for his past economic damages, past non-economic damages, future economic damages, and future non-economic damages).
After the Missouri medical malpractice judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiff, the President of the defendant hospital issued a statement saying, “[The hospital] believes our physicians named in the [Missouri medical malpractice] suit followed the standard of care and made proper recommendations to the patient that were not followed. Although we feel badly for [the plaintiff’s] situation, we will be appealing the jury’s decision.”
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