People in Texas and across the country choose to engage in activities that combine expending a great deal of exertion with entertainment. These people accept that there may be a certain degree of risk involved. They should be able to expect, however, that if they are injured while engaging in recreational activities, medical care providers will accurately and efficiently diagnose and treat their injuries. Unfortunately, a recent out-of-state lawsuit claims that a man injured while skiing was a victim of hospital negligence.
The plaintiff in the case went skiing in Feb. 2013. While on the slopes, he was struck by another skier who reportedly failed to remain at the scene of the accident. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where the elderly man claims that medical care providers failed to diagnose damage to his brain in a timely manner. The hospital is accused of failing to conduct a CAT scan until six days after the accident -- a test that ultimately led doctors to discover that he was suffering from brain damage. Once he was transferred to a different hospital, he was diagnosed with intracranial hemorrhaging.
The hospital named in the lawsuit, which contests the claim of liability, has recently settled with the man. The terms of the settlement are unclear and must still be made official. The former chief surgeon of the hospital remains a plaintiff in the suit.
When a person is suffering from a head injury, timely intervention could be necessary to ensure future recovering. When hospital negligence prevents a person from receiving the treatment he or she needs, that person could suffer for the rest of his or her life. Because of the unique medical needs created by a brain injury, many sufferers and their family members may find themselves struggling with medical costs. Those in Texas who are suffering as a result of medical malpractice have the option of seeking a monetary award in a civil court to help cope with these and other financial losses. Consultation service from the Maloney Attorneys is free. Contact us today to get started.
Source: aspentimes.com, "Aspen Valley Hospital, skier settle suit", Rick Carroll, Jan. 4, 2016