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Medical malpractice: Medical staff may make injuries worse

Suffering an injury can cause anyone to feel a sense of panic. In most cases, individuals can seek medical attention and receive the treatment they need in order to heal properly. In other instances, however, negligence on the part of medical staff members could cause injuries or other conditions to worsen. If so, those actions could constitute medical malpractice.

West Virginia readers may be interested in an out-of-state man who found himself in such a predicament. Reports stated that the man had suffered an on-the-job injury in 2014 that affected his back. He went to a medical clinic for evaluation, and while there, he was asked to perform multiple tests that required him to move around. However, those tests caused the man's injury to get worse, and because of this issue, he became paralyzed from the waist down.

As a result of the situation, the man filed a legal claim against the hospital. He believed that the staff members were negligent and did not correctly assess his symptoms. The lawsuit recently came to a verdict, and the man was awarded $7.9 million.

Medical negligence is not uncommon. Unfortunately, many West Virginia patients and others across the country suffer from mistakes made by medical staff members. If individuals in this type of situation feel that they may have cause to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered, they may want to gain more information on medical malpractice claims. Speaking with experienced attorneys could allow interested individuals to gain additional insight and advice regarding their possible cases.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Man Awarded $7.9M in Medical Negligence Case", May 3, 2018

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