For a court case to be successful, both sides are typically represented by attorneys. The plaintiff’s attorney files the suit, naming one or more parties, and those persons hire defense attorneys. Such was not what occurred in a recent medical malpractice case in South Dakota.
According to reports, a man went to a hospital in South Dakota for a heart surgery in 2010. The patient was 21 years old and, during the surgery, air bubbles entered the man’s blood stream. The bubbles entered the blood stream due to an error perpetrated by the surgeon in the case. As a result, the patient was left with neurologic injury.
The man filed suit against the hospital in Rapid City and against the heart surgeon. The surgeon failed to respond to the lawsuit and never hired legal representation. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 and was recently ruled upon by the sitting judge. The patient was awarded $13.49 million. The judgment is thought to be one of the largest in the history of the state.
The judgment was made after the surgeon was given time and failed to respond to the suit.
When a person agrees to undergo surgery, they expect to wake up in recovery repaired. Unfortunately, doctors make errors and catastrophic injuries can occur. When this happens a victim has the right to seek compensation in a court of law.
If you have been harmed by a medical professional in New York, either due to negligence or error, you have rights. Reach out to our experienced medical malpractice attorneys for more information about your legal rights. Your first consultation will be held at no cost to you and we will help you make the best decisions for your unique situation. Call today to schedule your appointment.