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Hospital must pay $178 million for delayed diagnosis

Jan 30, 2012 | Failure to Diagnose

When people are left with debilitating injuries in New York City and beyond due to errors made by physicians and other hospital staff, those professionals should be held accountable. One man who suffered injuries because of a delayed diagnosis just now received the justice he was looking for after a doctor’s errors put him in a wheelchair, unable to see or speak.

The man was recently awarded $178 million. According to the news source, the man went into the hospital for gastric bypass surgery in 2007. After the surgery, he suffered complications and was in a coma for several weeks. The man believes that his doctor did not diagnose his complications in a timely manner which resulted in damage to his brain and eyes.

The Florida hospital that has been ordered to compensate the man for his injuries does not agree with the outcome of the case. Officials say they plan to appeal the decision.

Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure done to help people lose weight by limiting the amount of food a person can eat or reducing the absorption of nutrients.

The man in this case likely assumed that he would return home after the surgery with the opportunity to create a healthier life for himself. Sadly, he now finds himself in a worse situation than before. Fortunately, the man’s family will be able to use the compensation they have been awarded for his continued care.

When people go to the hospital they assume they will leave healthier than when they first arrived. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. When medical professionals are guilty of negligence, they should be held responsible.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "HCA-Owned Hospital Ordered to Pay $178M in Suit," Matt Jarzemsky, Jan. 23, 2012