Sadly, Allan woke up the next morning with an excruciating headache, slurred speech, nausea, confusion, and difficulty walking. He went back to the hospital’s emergency room and was labeled an “urgent” patient even though he had still not been diagnosed with a stroke.
Allan was quickly moved to the University Community Hospital-Carrollwood’s sister hospital, University Community Hospital-Fletcher, where he was diagnosed with a stroke and underwent emergency surgery because his brain had swelled so severely.
Due to the physician’s negligence and failure to diagnose his stroke, Allan remained in a coma for three months after his surgery, and now has substantial brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair. Worse still, the investigation revealed further medical malpractice, as the physician who conducted Allan’s initial examination was actually an unlicensed physician’s assistant who should never have seen him in the first place.
Allan’s medical malpractice lawsuit was long, arduous, and extensive, but he was awarded a staggering $217 million in damages by the time his trial concluded. Though the money won’t give him back the life he once had, Allan donated a substantial amount to aid charities that help people with spinal cord and brain injuries.
There are certain procedural steps that you will need to follow if you wish to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and ensure that you stand a high chance for the best possible outcome.
Because these steps are quite complex, it is recommended that you consult with a medical malpractice lawyer to guide you through the process. If you live in NYC, then you should consult with a qualified NYC medical malpractice attorney who is familiar with the laws and statute of limitations specific to the state.
The procedural steps that you will need to follow are:
- Proving that a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and your doctor
- Explaining that your doctor was negligent when treating you and that they did not conform to the expected standard of care of their profession
- Showing that their negligence caused you injury or harm
- Indicating that this injury or harm led to specific, considerable damages that caused you pain and suffering
If you think that either you or even a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice or hospital negligence, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC.
Call (212) 697-9280 and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys for a free, confidential consultation today.