Hospital Malpractice: Trauma Center To Pay For Loss Of Hand Use

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On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Hospital Injury Attorney in Houston on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

Individuals nationwide, including here in Texas, have been disillusioned by medical services that don’t meet acceptable standards, leaving patients to deal with the consequences. A man from another state who suffered a workplace injury in 2011 was recently victorious in a hospital malpractice lawsuit that he filed against a trauma center. Both the man and his wife were awarded damages by the court when the verdict was recently handed down.

The court documents indicated that the worker was involved in a scaffold collapse when he was working as a carpenter in Feb. 2011. He apparently landed on a concrete surface after a 16-feet fall and suffered multiple fractures to his left elbow, left leg and feet. He was airlifted to the trauma center of a medical facility that is operated by a university. After two days at the facility, complications developed that were diagnosed as a condition that may result in muscle and nerve damage that could be permanent.

The plaintiff claimed that negligent care caused him to lose the use of his left hand. The jury found the university negligent for its failure to provide first-year residents in the orthopedic trauma center with adequate training and supervision. The jury awarded the 56-year-old man $1.3 million in financial and noneconomic damages, and his 51-year-old wife was awarded noneconomic damages totaling $275,000.

Texas residents who suspect that their medical conditions were caused by hospital malpractice or the negligence of medical professionals or other medical personnel are entitled to pursue monetary compensation for financial, physical and emotional damages incurred. Our Houston medical malpractice attorneys are here to help. Obtaining the necessary documents and information to prove negligence could be tricky and may be best left to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer can guide a victim of medical negligence through the legal proceedings and advocate on the client’s behalf in pursuing monetary compensation for documented losses.

Source:, “Port Angeles Carpenter Wins $1.5 Million Malpractice Judgment Against Harborview Medical Center”, Dec. 23, 2015



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