Medical professionals have a responsibility to properly diagnose and treat their patients’ conditions. Any error in care or any act of negligence could lead to the patient who was harmed taking legal action through civil litigation.
Our Norfolk medical malpractice lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers say the case of an 11-year-old girl successfully suing the federal government over her negligent medical care serves as an example of such litigation.
Reports indicate the tip of the girl’s thumb was cut when it was accidentally closed in a car door in 2011. She was taken to Sewells Point Branch Medical Clinic—which is operated by the U.S. Navy—in Norfolk to have the injury stitched. Staff applied a pressure wrap to the injury to control the bleeding, but the pressure was too much and shut off circulation to the injury. This resulted in necrosis and the loss of the appendage.
An article from WAVY 10 News says the girl and her family filed suit and a settlement in the sum of $125,000 was recently reached. The money will go into a trust and the child will receive payments from the settlement when she turns 18, 21, and 25 years old.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe in holding those in the medical industry accountable for their actions and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement that has been reached in this particular case brings closure to the incident for the victim and her family.