Maryland residents go to the emergency department of their hospitals for a variety of reasons. Certainly, people go to the ER in the event of an accident or trauma. They also go if their regular physicians are not available and they are experiencing symptoms that have to be evaluated in a timely manner. Unfortunately, not every patient who visits an ER is satisfactorily treated. A medical malpractice lawsuit was recently filed in another state after a man claimed that a hospital and its staff were negligent in their treatment of him.
A man was experiencing weakness in his extremities when he arrived at the emergency department of his local hospital. Although the man reportedly could no longer walk, he was sent home after being examined and prescribed a sedative. The man was later seen at home by a physician who was a family friend. He was diagnosed as having Guillain-Barré syndrome. The man, who was in constant pain, was also disabled.
The state’s Health and Human Services Commission determined that the hospital had violated requirements in the man’s treatment, both on the federal and state level. The hospital was asked to file a correction plan to outline changes in their procedures. However, it was learned that the same facility had a prior misdiagnosis of Guillain-Barré several years ago. While the hospital would not offer comments on the current lawsuit filed, the man remains disabled with his family struggling to adapt to the limitations caused by his illness.
When complications arise from a physician’s treatment or procedure, it is devastating. If those problems were caused by the negligence of a doctor or facility, someone may choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible. A Maryland personal injury attorney can assist victims throughout the legal process. A favorable result in a lawsuit can provide compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs or loss of wages.