A family has been awarded approximately $2.88 million in financial compensation
after winning a medical malpractice case. The family alleged that medical
malpractice and negligence committed by a pain clinic and doctor led to
the death of their son. Their son committed suicide in Feb. 2013. Although
this case did not happen in New York, it does highlight the dangers and
potential complications that can result from treatment at a pain clinic.
In this case, it was not disputed that the 40-year-old man took his own
life. However, the family alleged that their son's suicide was ultimately
caused by medical errors made by the pain clinic and his doctors. The
jury apparently agreed and issued this sizable award to the man's
family as a result.
The lawsuit alleged that the man went to the pain clinic because he was
suffering pain in his lower back. His doctor injected pain medication
into the man's back, first in May 2008 and later in December of that
year. However, the second treatment did not work to stop the man's
pain. He returned in Jan. 2009 and was administered another treatment
by a different physician.
After receiving the injections, a lump appeared on his lower back at the
injection site. The pain clinic staff informed the man that the lump was
normal and proceeded to give him another injection in the middle of January
because he continued to suffer from pain. However, later that month the
man was found to have meningitis, and although he survived the disease,
he was left without control of his bladder and bowels, had difficulty
walking and suffered from severe nerve pain. The man, who also suffered
from psychiatric conditions, ultimately took his life, but not before
commencing a medical malpractice claim.
His family finished the medical malpractice claim that he started. Those
who are harmed by doctor or hospital negligence can seek financial relief
in court. Further, New York families who tragically lose a loved one because
of a fatal medical mistake have the right to seek monetary damages through
our civil court system.
Source: bellinghamherald.com, "Jury awards nearly $3 million in malpractice
case", , April 7, 2014