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Podiatry patient awarded $4M in med mal trial for nerve injury

Tired surgeons sitting in the floor.

In a recent medical malpractice case, a plaintiff was awarded a $4 million verdict against Village Podiatry Group LLC. This complex lawsuit came after a routine ankle surgery led to a debilitating condition called chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), allegedly due to a nerve injury she suffered during the procedure. The patient also stated that the surgeon did not listen to her complaints of extreme pain during follow-up appointments, failing to deliver adequate post-operative care.

While our firm did not handle this case, it illustrates the serious consequences of surgical and post-operative errors and the need for competent legal representation in handling such disputes.

What Injuries Can Result from Surgical and Post-Op Errors?

Surgical errors, such as unintentional nerve damage during an operation, can lead to severe complications. These complications can manifest as CRPS, as in the above case, or other conditions causing chronic pain and reduced physical capabilities. Post-operative errors like inadequate treatment of symptoms or disregard for the patient’s complaints can exacerbate these problems and cause a significant decline in the patient’s quality of life.

What Evidence Is Used in a Medical Malpractice Trial?

Attorneys handling medical malpractice cases will use evidence like medical records, testimony provided by other healthcare professionals, and sometimes even audio or video recordings from post-op exams – as was the case in this trial. This audio recording revealed discrepancies between the doctor’s notes and the patient’s claims of intense pain, ultimately swaying the jury to side with the patient.

Medical Malpractice in Washington, D.C.

Medical malpractice laws empower patients who suffer injuries because of negligent health care. However, these cases have a high standard of proof and demand a rigorous examination of evidence showing the care they received deviated from generally accepted medical practices. This recent nerve injury case underscores how seriously courts consider these claims, including in Washington, D.C. When the jury finds in favor of the plaintiff, the resulting compensation can significantly exceed initial pre-trial settlement offers.

Contact a Washington, D.C. Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered similar negligence in a medical setting, the team at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates is ready to help. Dr. Wilson is both an attorney and a physician who brings the value of both these perspectives to medical malpractice law. With over 30 years of legal experience and extensive medical knowledge on a range of topics, he has successfully secured over $100 million in compensation for patients and families.

As a physician-lawyer, Dr. Wilson understands the unique interaction of legal and medical issues that accompany medical malpractice claims. This distinct advantage reduces the risk of miscommunication between doctor and lawyer, to the benefit of our clients.

When your lawyer is a physician, you have a prescription for justice. Contact The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates today for a free review of your medical malpractice claim.

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